A dark beer, the flavour of stouts depend on where they come from. Sweet stouts largely originate from Ireland and England and are known for their low bitterness. In fact, Ireland’s Guinness brand produces some of the world’s most recognizable stout beer. Stouts are a sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale that can suggest coffee-and-cream, or sweetened espresso. While the darker colour of the beer gives the impression it’s tough to drink, these stouts carry sweetness from unfermented sugars that offset any bitterness.
Stouts produced in the U.S. combine the typical dark body and creamy notes with the hoppy bitter flavours characterized by American beers. American stouts are strong, highly roasted, bitter and hoppy, with high malt flavours that give them the taste of coffee or dark chocolate.