There is a blurred line between what is a stout and what is a porter. Back in the 18th century porter was a London style brewed using a blend of brown, pale and stale or well matured ales. The strongest of these was called Stout Porter reduced over years to Stout. These days you could define as Porters being ales using malted barley whereas Stouts use unmalted roasted barley as found in Guinness.
I’m sure many of us have enjoyed a Guinness after the graft of a winter league match but what other dark stuff ticks the boxes?
Fuller’s London Porter (Waitrose) is rich with chocolate and coffee in the aroma and taste. A great beer that’s been around for over 20 years.
Of the new wave, seek out Bristol’s Wiper & True Milk Shake (Waitrose) and Yorkshire brewery Bad & Co.’s Dazed & Confused (Asda). Both are milk stouts using lactose (a sugar derived from milk) to provide a sweet and creamy element to the beer.
Gose, is a traditional German-style sour wheat beer usually brewed with coriander and salt. A really refreshing beer with a slightly tart lemon sourness. This is an old yet less well known style that is making a comeback and there are some great examples of it out there in the aisles including these…
Magic Rock’s Salty Kiss (Marks & Spencer) is super refreshing and a great intro to the style
Wild Beer Co.’s – Sleeping Lemons (Waitrose) made using preserved lemons and goes great with fish or to cut through more spicy cuisine such as Moroccan.
Thornbridge’s Mr Smith Gose To…. (Waitrose) is the latest winner from their annual home brew challenge. I’m not a fan of watermelon but loved this and would make a perfect summer garden beer with say a beetroot and feta salad.
So there you go. A few well established beers and some newer very different beers to tempt your tastebuds. The Gose might not be your thing and that’s OK. The purpose of these posts is to bring new beers to your attention and hopefully encourage you to give them a go.
Thanks for reading and do let #teambunker know what you think if you get to try any of the above.