If you’re looking for a light, refreshing tipple for a warm summer evening, this is not the beer you were looking for. Stout is characterised by the use of highly roasted grains, resulting in rich, dark beers, often topped with a creamy head. The descriptors thrown around when tasting a stout will frequently revolved around 'chocolate' and 'coffee', sometimes straying into ‘roasted coffee’ if they start to get a little smoky.
One of the most widely known examples of a stout is Guinness (you didn't think we’d get through this without mentioning Guinness, did you?). Originally an ale producer back in the 1700s, Guinness soon began producing porter, and eventually the stout we all know today - it’s a dry stout, which isn't quite as sweet as different styles. Other types of stout include milk stout (featuring unfermentable lactose as part of its ingredients - rather sweet and creamy), oatmeal stout (made with oats as well as barley and malts - very smooth stuff), Russian Imperial stout (often very strong and intense) and more.