About Dry Stout

About Dry Stout
Dry stouts are typically dark in color and range from 4-5.5% in alcohol. These brews tend to be rich with a definitive bitter note and a dry finish. The style is closely associated with Ireland, specifically Guinness. It is also widely emulated throughout the world and is particularly popular with US microbrewers and brewpubs, often as a more full-bodied and dryer interpretation of the original style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Guinness Extra Stout, O’Hara’s Irish Stout and North Coast Old #38 Stout.

Top Picks for Dry Stout

Guinness Draught Nitro Stout
93 points
Murky dark brown color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate bar, and hint of jerky and sausage with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pumpernickel raisin toast, sweet lettuces, and latte finish. A lovely, effortlessly drinkable stout that will be great for sessions and food.
Awards: 2017 Best Dry Stout & 2017 Best Irish Beer
Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout
92 points
Opaque ebony color. Aromas and flavors of fig-apple chutney, chocolate muffin, and honey-herb lozenge with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of nutskin, frisee with radishes, dark coffee, and topsoil finish. A crisp and lively, mouthwatering stout that is definitely a sessionable quencher.
Awards: 2017 Best Australian Beer
Brasserie Dupont Monks Belgian Stout
89 points
Dark yellow color. Vegetal aromas of fresh endive, raw parsnip, grilled blueberry, and cherry vinaigrette with a round, bright, petillant, dry medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long charcoal briquettes, charred vegetables, orange peel, and vanilla finish. A very savory and appetizing Stout with a long, satisfying finish.
Binary Brewing Co. CTRL-ALT-DEL Dry Stout
88 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of coffee with cream, cherry essenced whipped topping, and fudge covered molasses cookie with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery focaccia, sassafras, and black tea finish. A bright stout with table-tuned acidity.
Maguires Draught Stout
87 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of old fashioned coffee, black toast, cocoa powder, buttercream, tamarind, and luxury cigarettes with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of crisp dark chocolate bar. An easier-drinking Stout that quenches and satisfies.
Guinness Extra Stout
87 points
Dark walnut color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted grains, brownie crust, and hint of dried fruit with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of toasted dark nut bread, chocolate espresso bean, and peppered greens finish. A spot-on stout that refreshes and satisfies.
O’Connor Brewing Company Odis Dry Irish Stout
87 points
Dark brown black color. Meaty, savory aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, pot roast with veggies, coffee and cigarettes, and roasted brussels sprouts with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of melted dark chocolate and grilled greens and turnip finish. A meaty, lightly vegetal stout for the table.
RavenBeer The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout
85 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of fresh baguette and tiramisu with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long salted butter, crispy bread bowl, roasted potato skins, and balsamic reduction on Triscuit finish. A satisfying, chewy stout with a salty edge.