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As mysterious as they look, stouts are typically dark brown to pitch black in color. A common profile amongst Stouts, but not in all cases, is the use of roasted barley (unmalted barley that is kilned to the point of being charred) which lends a dry character to the beer as well as a huge roasted flavor that can range from burnt to coffee to chocolate. A different balance of hops is up to the brewers preference, but the roasted character must be there.
Types of Stout
A hoppy, bitter, strongly roasted Foreignstyle Stout (of the export variety).
A very dark, roasty, bitter, creamy ale.
A very dark, moderately strong, roasty ale. Tropical varieties can be quite sweet, while export versions can be drier and fairly robust.
An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasty, burnt, or almost tarlike sensations. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play.
A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor.
A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.