Irish Extra Stout

Recipes:
420
BJCP 2021:
15C
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇮🇪 Ireland
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Irish Extra Stout is a style hailing from the storied tradition of stout brewing in Ireland, gaining recognition as a heartier version of the classic Irish Stout. Historically, it represented a stronger brew that could endure longer shipping times, thus fitting for exportation. These stouts were brewed with a higher gravity to withstand the journey and satisfy the tastes of diverse markets.

In appearance, the Irish Extra Stout presents an alluring depth; it pours dark, near opaque, with hues ranging from deep brown to black. A creamy tan to deep brown head tops off the liquid and persists thanks to the ample proteins and roasted barley within. As light struggles to penetrate its density, clarity is often perceived as clear but can seldom be discerned given its profound darkness. Its flavor boast assertive roasted grain characteristics – think bitter chocolate, coffee, or charred bread crusts – which may meld with slight caramel or malty sweetness. This stout typically displays a moderate to high hop bitterness that augments the dry roasted profile. There might also be a subtle fruitiness due to fermentation by-products. Overall, this style is drier and more assertive than its standard Irish Stout cousin yet retains a notable creaminess aided by nitrogen dispense in pubs which softens its robust personality without diluting its vigorous flavor profile.

The relationship with other styles such as Foreign Extra Stout becomes apparent through their shared lineage - the latter simply being tailored for more tropical climates with even higher alcohol content and more preservation qualities due to greater hop rates.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.0 – 6.5 %

In Database
4.6 < 5.9 < 7.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
35 – 50 IBU

In Database
29 < 40 < 53 IBU

Color

Specification
59 – 79 EBC
30 – 40 SRM

In Database
50 < 73 < 146 EBC
25 < 37 < 74 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
12.8 – 15.1 °P
1.052 – 1.062 OG

In Database
11.2 < 14.4 < 17.4 °P
1.045 < 1.059 < 1.072 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 3.6 °P
1.010 – 1.014 FG

In Database
2.0 < 3.6 < 5.7 °P
1.008 < 1.014 < 1.022 FG

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