American Stout

Recipes:
9,456
BJCP 2021:
20B
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

American Stout is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Stout, imbued with a bold American character typically derived from the use of American hops and often an elevated hop bitterness. This style reflects the experimentation and craft of modern brewing while maintaining roots in the rich tapestry of stouts that have come before. It takes the robust nature of stout to new levels with pronounced roasted flavors that might include coffee, chocolate, or lightly burnt characteristics.

Appearing dark brown to black in color, this full-bodied beer is often opaque with a thick, creamy tan or brown head that lingers. The clarity can range from clear to somewhat hazy when observed before consuming. In flavor and aroma, American Stout presents a varied balance where malt complexity meets hop presence; roasted grain qualities are at the forefront mingling with secondary notes which could include bittersweet chocolate, strong coffee, and sometimes slight caramel or dark fruit-like sweetness. These flavors are complemented by moderate to high hop bitterness, and the aroma can carry both roasted qualities along with hop-driven citrusy or resiny notes.

As it relates to other styles, American Stout finds itself on a spectrum between the sweeter versions like Milk Stout - where lactose adds sweetness and fullness - and drier variants such as Dry Irish Stout. While it retains some connection to these traditional styles through its malt profile and creamy texture, it's distinguished by its assertive hop character often reminiscent of an India Pale Ale but intertwined within the classic stout framework. Thus, American Stout stands out as a unique style that bridges historical stout attributes with new world brewing influences bearing higher bitterness and bold aromatic hop features characteristic of many American craft beers.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.0 – 7.0 %

In Database
4.6 < 6.1 < 7.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
35 – 75 IBU

In Database
18 < 41 < 76 IBU

Color

Specification
59 – 79 EBC
30 – 40 SRM

In Database
49 < 76 < 137 EBC
25 < 39 < 70 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
12.3 – 18.1 °P
1.050 – 1.075 OG

In Database
11.6 < 15.1 < 19.0 °P
1.047 < 1.062 < 1.079 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 5.6 °P
1.010 – 1.022 FG

In Database
2.1 < 4.0 < 6.3 °P
1.008 < 1.016 < 1.025 FG

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