Stouts: Unleashing the Rich Flavours of a Timeless Classic

Written by Carne Reed

26 September 2023

When it comes to bold and rich flavours in the world of craft beer, Stouts stand tall as an iconic style that has captured the hearts of beer enthusiasts for centuries. Smack Republic Brewing Co’s Milk Stout is a shining example of this style, offering a smooth and velvety experience infused with the delightful combination of vanilla and bourbon whisky.

Origin and Characteristics

Stouts trace their origins back to the 18th century in England, where they were developed as a stronger and more robust version of Porter beers. The name “stout” was initially used to describe stronger Porter beers, but it eventually became a style of its own. Stouts gained popularity for their deep, dark colour and full-bodied flavour, becoming a staple in the beer world.

Smack Republic’s Newtown Nemesis Milk Stout, a variant of the Stout style, offers a unique twist with the addition of smooth vanilla and bourbon whisky. With an ABV of 5.5% and low bitterness, this Milk Stout captures the essence of the classic Stout while providing a distinct and indulgent drinking experience.

Flavour Profile and Aromas

Smack Republic’s Milk Stout entices the senses with its complex aroma and flavour profile. The aroma showcases a symphony of malt flavours, including sweet coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The addition of vanilla imparts a sweet impression, while the bourbon notes bring a touch of warmth and complexity. There is no hop aroma, allowing the malt and special ingredients to take centre stage. The overall aroma impression is reminiscent of crème brûlée or panna cotta—a true delight for the senses.

On the palate, the Milk Stout unfolds with a tapestry of flavours. It leads with smooth bourbon spirit flavour, where notes of wood and burnt sugar create a captivating taste experience. The complex cocoa, sweet espresso, and light burnt sugar/caramel notes further enhance the flavour profile. The beer finishes slightly sweet, leaving behind lingering toasty malt and creamy coffee flavours. The balance between roasted malt and sweetness is finely tuned, resulting in  good drinkability.

Perfect Pairings and Drinkability

Smack Republic’s Milk Stout is a pleasure to drink on its own, but also pairs harmoniously with a variety of dishes. Its versatility makes it an excellent accompaniment to poitjie (slow-cooked meat stews), sautéed mushrooms, mellow blue cheeses like gorgonzola or Danish blue, as well as decadent desserts like brownies with ice cream or pancakes. The Milk Stout’s rich and creamy flavours elevate the dining experience, creating a truly indulgent combination.

Stout enthusiasts will appreciate the roast flavours that this beer offers, but it also appeals to those who may not usually enjoy Stouts. The restrained roast flavours and balanced sweetness, coupled with the intriguing flavour from the bourbon infusion, make this Milk Stout accessible to a wider audience. It appeals to those who enjoy sweeter food and drink without being overly insipid or cloying. Check out the detailed tasting notes and pairing for our vanilla bourbon milk stout here:  Newtown Nemesis Tasting Notes

Embrace the Richness of Stouts

Stouts continue to captivate beer enthusiasts with their depth of flavour and velvety textures, and Smack Republic’s Milk Stout exemplifies the best this style has to offer. Its smoothness, intricate flavour profile, and well-rounded characteristics create a remarkable drinking experience that delights the senses.

Embark on a flavour journey with Stouts, where richness and complexity take centre stage. Let Smack Republic’s Milk Stout be your guide as you explore the world of bold flavours, balanced sweetness, and the joy of savouring each sip. Discover the timeless allure of Stouts and elevate your craft beer experience to new heights. This is Johannesburg craft beer at its finest.

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