Immerse yourself in the world of sweet temptations, intense snacks and a variety of pastries and desserts. No, we do not want to go to the confectionery. Instead, this is (of course) about beer. More precisely: about pastry stouts.
Sweets and or in beer?
You bet! Pastry Stout is a relatively new category created to describe beers that try to imitate popular desserts, cakes or pastries. Because pastries are small or large baked treats. Imperial Stouts are particularly well suited as a basis for such creations due to their intense aroma of dark malts and their high alcohol content. The malt aroma perfectly complements the desired flavours. And the alcohol acts as a flavour carrier. The art is, of course, to unite all factors authentically.
Would you like some examples of possible combinations?
- NOA Pecan Mud Cake Stout (Omnipollo)
- Cookies And Cream (Amundsen)
- Raspberry Salted Caramel Cheesecake (Amundsen)
- Saskatoon Cheesecake Stout (Lervig)
There are no limits to creativity. In particular, the Swedish brewery Omnipollo and the Norwegian brewery Amundsen have specialised in such beers. Amundsen has even launched its own series in which pastry stouts appear. It is called, appropriately enough, "Dessert In A Can". And Omnipollo does not shy away from any experiment anyway. Besides the AON, there is also the Anagram, one of her most famous beers, an Imperial Blueberry Cheesecake Stout.
How does such a taste get into the beer?
Maple syrup, coffee, fudge, lactose, vanilla, marshmallows, whole donuts, cookies, peanut butter, nuts, liquorice, fruits and berries, pistachios, coconut, and and and... These flavours can be added to stouts in various ways. On the one hand they are added during the brewing process. On the other hand, they can also be added in the form of flavourings, for example to avoid allergens or to be able to offer them vegan.
Pastry Stouts are characterised by their very intense taste. They are mostly sweet, but depending on the special ingredient, the dominant taste can change accordingly. The best example is maple syrup. In addition, breweries also store their pastry stouts in bourbon barrels, for example.
Pastry Stouts challenge their drinkers. And they polarise. But what can be generally noted is that they are becoming more and more popular. And new creations are constantly coming onto the market. More and more breweries are adopting this style.
At Beyond Beer you will find a selection of these extraordinary stouts. Let yourself be surprised by the variety of pastry stouts and try dessert beer.