What is a stout beer?

Badger Master Stoat Coffee Stout 01st January 2024

In the vast and diverse world of beer, one style stands out with its robust character and rich flavour profile.

Often associated with chilly nights and cosy fireplaces, stout beer has a captivating history and a unique brewing process that sets it apart from other beer varieties.


Join us on a journey as we explore the depths of what makes stout beer a beloved choice among beer enthusiasts.

A Brief History of Stout Beer

Stout beer traces its roots back to 18th-century England, where it emerged as a stronger, bolder version of porter beer. The name “stout” originally referred to a stronger or more robust beer, and it gained popularity for its ability to satisfy the palates of beer connoisseurs seeking something a little heartier. Over the years, stout has evolved, making way for various substyles, including dry stout, sweet stout, milk stout and coffee stout.

What is the Stout Brewing Process?

One of the defining features of stout beer is its distinctive brewing process. It typically involves a higher proportion of dark and roasted malts, which provide a deep colour and complex flavour profile. The malts used in stout brewing undergo a roasting process, contributing notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Additionally, some stouts incorporate ingredients like oats or lactose to enhance the beer’s texture and sweetness.

Stout Flavour Profile – What Does Stout Taste Like?

Stout beer offers a sensory adventure with its diverse flavour profile. The roasted malts provide a foundation of coffee and chocolate notes, creating a satisfyingly bitter and rich taste. Sweet stouts, on the other hand, boast a creamier texture and flavours reminiscent of caramel and toffee.

Stout Food Pairings

The versatility of stout beer makes it an excellent companion for various food pairings. Its robust flavours complement the richness of dishes like chocolate desserts, grilled meats, and hearty stews. The carbonation and bitterness of stout also serve as a palate cleanser, making it an ideal match for creamy cheeses and spicy cuisines.


From its historical roots in England to the diverse array of modern craft stouts, this beer style continues to captivate the taste buds of beer enthusiasts worldwide. So, the next time you reach for a stout, savour the complexity and rich history in every sip.

Stouts at Badger Brewery

We have a breadth of experience in brewing stouts at the Badger Brewery, ranging from more traditional milk stouts to flavour-packed coffee stouts.


In fact, our latest innovations have won us some fantastic industry awards, including Badger’s Master Stoat Coffee Stout, which received the 2023 World Beer Awards – Bronze England Winner for Flavoured Beer (plus 1 star at the 2023 Great Taste Awards), and our Outland Milk Stout, which received 2 stars at the 2023 Great Taste Awards.


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