Tropical Stout

Recipes:
360
BJCP 2021:
16C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Tropical Stout is a rich, dark beer style that originated in tropical regions, specifically tailored for export from the UK to those warmer climates. These stouts were brewed stronger than typical domestic versions to survive the long journey, with higher alcohol content and often a sweeter profile to cater to the local tastes in countries like Jamaica and Nigeria. Despite the name "stout", traditional Irish Dry Stouts can be quite different as they are typically lower in alcohol and drier. Tropical Stouts share a closer kinship with Sweet Stouts due to their pronounced sweetness but differ by usually having a higher ABV and less prominent roasted barley bitterness.

In appearance, Tropical Stouts are deep brown to black with clarity that may range from clear to slightly opaque. They often exhibit a persistent creamy tan head. The aroma is characterized by a combination of dark malt qualities - think roasted grains, chocolate, and molasses - paired with moderate to low hop notes. You might also detect hints of dried fruit or licorice, along with subtle esters generated during fermentation which can add layers of complexity reminiscent of tropical fruits.

Flavor-wise, Tropical Stout impresses with its sweet malty character upfront showing notes of caramel, chocolate, or even lightly burnt tones that stop short of the harshness found in some stouts. The balance skews towards maltiness rather than bitterness; however, there should be enough hop bitterness to give structure without overshadowing the malt richness. A full body coupled with smooth alcohol warmth rounds out this beer style portrays an interesting interplay between its sweet malty backbone and just enough bitterness and alcohol presence for balance without sacrificing its lusciously smooth essence.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.5 – 8.0 %

In Database
5.1 < 6.6 < 8.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
30 – 50 IBU

In Database
24 < 38 < 54 IBU

Color

Specification
59 – 79 EBC
30 – 40 SRM

In Database
52 < 74 < 134 EBC
26 < 38 < 68 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.7 – 18.1 °P
1.056 – 1.075 OG

In Database
12.4 < 16.3 < 20.7 °P
1.050 < 1.067 < 1.087 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 4.6 °P
1.010 – 1.018 FG

In Database
2.1 < 3.9 < 6.1 °P
1.008 < 1.015 < 1.024 FG

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