Generally dark brown to black in color, stouts are originally an English style of beer that has also become popular among American brewers. This category also serves as a catch-all for experimental stouts that don't fit into other stout categories. Stouts tend to have a strong roasted malt flavor that often tastes of coffee, dark/bittersweet chocolate, and/or caramel. This flavor is sometimes slightly burnt tasting. This style usually has low sweetness and higher bitterness. Hop flavor can run the gamut of low to high presences. Alcohol flavors are sometimes present. ABV is usually between 4.5-7.5% and IBUs between 35-75.
Porters originated in England evolving from a blend of beers once called "Entire". This predecessor to stout styles is said to have been popular among porters, and hence its name. Porters are light brown to dark brown in color, often with a ruby tint. The flavor has a moderate roasted malt taste which usually includes bitter chocolate, but often has coffee or licorice flavors as well. Hop flavor is usually non-existant although some bittering is used for balance. Similar to a brown ale, but is thicker and has more of a roasted flavor. The ABV is usually in the 4-7% range and IBUs are 18-35.
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