Originally Posted by newb
I don't know much about this, but I was in another post an someone was on a huge rant/tangent bashing American brewers for brewing ales and most specifically stouts and such with lager yeasts...(I don't know why, because I tuned him out quick on account of the soap box approach he was on) any way I'm not sure what the problem was, but if you haven't already (not saying you haven't) I would look into the possible disadvantages of using lager yeast on stouts?
Check out some research on baltic porters. Then find one and try it. Then brew one. They're amazing. They originated bc imperial stouts were becoming popular in England in the 18th century and brewers in the Baltic region wanted to replicate these styles, but using their typical brewing process and ingredients. So they brewed big porters/stouts/imperials and feremented cold with lager yeast. Not to reiterate, but they're amazing.
That's how a style was born in the 18th century. Styles are great, and have their place, but style police are quite annoying to me - who's to say your experimentation in the 21st century won't produce another internationally recognized style for the future? And even if it doesn't, if it makes a delicious beer, who cares?