When people think of stout they picture a creamy dark beer with a dry finish, usually Guinness, but there are many variations of style to be enjoyed.
If you favour something lighter bodied with a touch more sweetness and hoppiness try out a Porter.If you prefer something smoother and sweeter then Milk Stout is the one for you. For Milk stouts brewers add unfermentable sugars, usually lactose, to the brew kettle. The Lactose delivers a bit of viscous mouthfeel along with a characteristic sweetness which is balanced by the roasted malt. Add in oats, for an Oatmeal Stout, for even more smoothness and body.
Or turn everything up to 11 with an Imperial Stout. This style is unapologetically big, dense and dark with a high alcohol content. Boasting plenty of malty, deeply roasted flavours but with a touch of sweetness.
I have picked five of my favourites from our massive craft beer sale, though with so many on offer it was hard to limit myself to just five!! Pop in store to discover your own favourite.