Porter's big brother and originally known as stout-porter.
Sometimes called Irish stout. A direct descendent of porter it is low to medium bodied with the distinguishing feature being the use of roasted barley to product a slight roasted (coffee-like) trait. It starts with a taste of malt and caramel and ends with a dry-roasted, bitter taste.
Sweet Stout (Cream)
Sweeter in flavor than a dry stout, it has a unique chocolate caramel malt flavor but the sweetness is well balanced with hops.
Products: Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Variation of sweet stout but with added oatmeal to increase the fullness of body
Products: Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Imperial Stout (Russian)
From the time of relationship between England and the Russian imperial court during the reign of Catherine the Great in the 18th century. It was of a higher gravity and hopped to a fuller degree. It is very rich with notable esters and fruitiness with a high level of hop bitterness. Burnt cocoa and dried fruit flavors are typical.
Products: Samuel Adams Imperial Stout