White Stout is the ultimate beer in our "White Range". While the word "stout" has come to mean a dark beer, the original meaning was strong and true. Before the porter brewers commandeered the word to mean a stout, or strong, porter, it referred to any strong beer. We have rehabilitated and improved the genre. White Stout is a very pale, full bodied, strong beer. American Columbus hops are used throughout to give massive floral and resinous character. At a strength of 7.2% this is a true stout. Indeed, few modern stouts of any colour are true to the word for strong.
But what is it? Beer aficionados seem confused and unimpressed by the brewery's explanation, as copied above. Untappd users have instead unilaterally declared it to be an Imperial Pale Ale, while Ratebeerians listed it as an English strong ale. Enter it for one of the American beer competitions, with their rigid style guides, and they'd probably have kittens.
Yes, “stout” originally just meant strong, but in the beer world was it commonly used for anything other than Porter?
Yes, “stout” originally just meant strong, but in the beer world was it commonly used for anything other than Porter?ReplyDelete
Many thanks Martin - an interesting read. I'd certainly heard of "stout ales" but not with all the context that you added there. I'd be a bit surprised if Beamish *doesn't* have something relevant in its archives!ReplyDelete