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Old 02-13-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Is there a "Light"er Stout?

I want to brew a stout, and I think I might like some of them, (friends love 'em), but the only real comparison I have is a Guiness Stout. To me its like liquid roast beef. (not a fan)

I'm trying to search out a "thinner" or lighter stout variety, or is that an oximoron? Cream stout maybe?

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Guiness is one of the lighter, easier drinking stouts around. You could try a sweet stout but I suspect you just don't like stout.


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Old 02-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Could do a schwarzbier if you can lager. Not a stout but same characteristics and usually lighter body.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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Like you said, you might try a milk stout and see if you like it. Why do you want to brew something you don't like?
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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"Light stout" is in fact an oxymoron.
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Like bob3000 said, Guinness (I assume you mean Draught) is a super thin and dry stout (it's even classified as a Dry Irish Stout). Many people perceive the nitrogenation of it as adding a lot to the body. It has less calories and the same amount of alcohol by volume as Bud Light.

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"Light stout" is in fact an oxymoron.
In terms of color, perhaps. Body and taste? Not so much. See: Guinness Draught.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:48 PM   #7
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Go to the beer store and buy stouts. See if you like any of them. I'd agree that Guinness is probably the lightest stout I've ever had. I used to hate it when I was younger, because there was so much flavor. I tried one after really getting into craft beer and stouts, to see if maybe I'd like them now. Now I think they just taste watered down. Of course I like my stouts very thick and full of flavor. I think the best ones pour like motor oil.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:50 PM   #8
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Yes...Dry Irish Stout. Murphy's would be another one to consider. Comes on nitro in the can, so has a bigger mouthfeel, but is actually fairly thin and about 4% ABV.

So, pretty light (gravity-wise) but not color-wise. Of course, you can make it as flavorful or flavor lacking as you like...mine has more flavor than Murphy's but less of the smoke than Guiness, and less hop than American stouts.
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Not really a stout by any stretch, but an english mild is IMO a light roasted beer with light alcohol. I don't think it could be considered heavy, thick, or overly roasted by any standard. The typical chocolate malt is not quite the same roasted flavor profile as roaster barley, but some chocolate is typically used in stouts so there's a little crossover. I think it might be a compromise to help get you into roaster beers.
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Like you said, you might try a milk stout and see if you like it. Why do you want to brew something you don't like?
I don't want to brew something I don't like, I'm thinking that there is something out there that I'd love I just haven't tried yet, as I'm learning, there are a LOT more stouts than I thought!


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