Style Study: Munich Helles

Here in Chicagoland, Spring has sprung, (at least it tried to spring and then sprang back and will maybe re-spring next week) so I thought it was about time to switch to a lighter style more appropriate for the coming season. And why not start with the style whose name literally means “light” in German: Munich Helles. In German, “hell” describes something light in color, and “helles” … Continue reading Style Study: Munich Helles

Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stouts are currently classified as style 13F within the BJCP guidelines, and are described as being “brewed to high gravity and hopping level in England for export to the Baltic States and Russia.” The popular belief is that the likes of Catherine the Great loved this style, but after I went down an Internet rabbit hole in search of more information on this idea, … Continue reading Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout

Style Study: Foreign Extra Stout

Foreign extra stouts were hard to find, at least they were for me. I was able to secure a Guinness Extra Stout fairly easily around St. Patrick’s Day, but the others were more of a challenge. Since this style is currently subdivided into “tropical” and “export,” I’d hoped to get my hands on both varieties for comparison, but none of the stores in my area … Continue reading Style Study: Foreign Extra Stout

Style Study: American Stout

For this style study, I actually skipped forward by one to try American Stouts (currently style number 13E as classified by the 2008 BJCP Guidelines) simply because I had a handful of them ready to go and didn’t have any Foreign Export (13D) styles in my fridge. I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to illustrating what I thought would be another pile of coffee beans … Continue reading Style Study: American Stout

Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal in beer!? Yes. You can drink beer for breakfast and tell your boss you had some oatmeal and you would not be lying! Woo hoo! Oatmeal Stouts are currently classified as style number 13C, which means I’m halfway through tasting all six types of stouts, as classified by the 2008 BJCP guidelines! You can see my post on Dry Stouts here and the one I did … Continue reading Style Study: Oatmeal Stout

Style Study: Sweet Stout

BJCP Overall Summary of Sweet Stout: (full description here) “A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.” So, as I mentioned in my previous post, the BJCP, or Beer Judge Certification Program, publishes a list of beer style guidelines that is apparently about to change. As I hit “publish” on my last Style Study, I happened to check some old tweets from the … Continue reading Style Study: Sweet Stout

Style Study: Dry Stout

  I’m kicking off November’s posts with a new series I’m dubbing “Style Study.” And, since this past Thursday was International Stout Day, I’ve decided to start with stouts. According to the BJCP, there are six types of stouts (although, this is apparently about to change–see the first draft of the new guidelines here); Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, American, Foreign Extra, and Russian Imperial. I’ll be starting … Continue reading Style Study: Dry Stout