Tuesday Beer Trivia: Stout

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Put your knowledge of all things stout to the test in this week’s Tuesday Beer Trivia quiz.

To the uninitiated, stout is simply “dark beer,” but with so many different style options, the stout category shouldn’t be reduced to just a color. Stouts can be bitter and hoppy, malty and sweet, low in alcohol and sessionable, or strong and warming.

Discover the intricacies of stout by taking our Tuesday Beer Trivia quiz below.

After you take the Beer Trivia quiz below, scroll down to the “Beer Trivia Answer Explanations” section to learn more about stout.

Beer Trivia Answer Explanations

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Question 1: “Although the term stout first emerged in England in the 1700s to describe the high-alcohol, bold-flavored version of any beer style, over time it became closely associated with the porter style.” (The Oxford Companion to Beer, page 770)

Question 2:  Imperial stout has an acceptable level of bitterness up to 90 IBUs. American stout, foreign stout, and Irish extra stout have acceptable bitterness levels up to 75 IBUs, 70 IBUs, and 70 IBUs, respectively. (2015 BJCP Style Guidelines)

Question 3: Despite being closely associated with the frigid Baltic region, imperial stout is still typically fermented with ale yeast.

Question 4: Tropical stouts were originally brewed with the intent of being sent to markets in tropical regions of the world. Eventually local breweries in these markets began brewing the style, often times incorporating local ingredients. (2015 BJCP Style Guidelines)

Question 5: Sweet stouts typically include an addition of lactose to add the style’s signature sweetness. Lactose is a type of milk sugar that is unfermentable by brewer’s yeast. This is why sweet stouts are often called “milk stouts.”