Originally created as a bigger bodied and stronger version of Porter, Stout (originally Stout Porter) has developed into its own range of styles. Irish Dry, Foreign Extra, Sweet, Oyster and Imperial; these variants range from below 4% ABV to well over 15%. Historically these beers found favour both at home and abroad in the highest echelons of society.
These decadent beers lend themselves perfectly to barrel aging, where they can pick up many nuances from the oak, flavours of the liquor that was originally produced in the barrels, and, occasionally, even acquire some bugs and wild yeasts along the way. These lumbering leviathans of the beer world possess some of the boldest flavours to match their strengths.