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  • Beer for breakfast? Porters and Stouts – more than just “beer”.

    Beer for breakfast? Porters and Stouts – more than just “beer”.

    Beer for breakfast? Porters and Stouts – more than just “beer”.

    Oatmeal. Chocolate. Coffee. Milk. Do these go with beer? If we’re talking about porters and stouts they do!
    Most people associate porters and stouts with being strong flavored and robust. They’re right, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all that way. Chocolate porters and milk stouts can be sweet and creamy, while coffee stouts can taste like a nice cup of Joe. If you like oatmeal for breakfast you can get it in liquid form with an oatmeal stout. Porters and stouts are some of the most versatile beers.
    The beer making process needs sugars. Yeast eat sugars and create alcohol. These sugars mostly come from malted barley, but other sources can be used.
    Oatmeal stouts – These beers actually use the same oats you’d have for breakfast. The oaty flavor makes it’s way into the finished stout.
    Chocolate porters/stouts – The best chocolate porters and stouts use real chocolate and/or cocoa. They can range from sweet chocolatiness to dark and bitter sweet.
    Coffee stouts and porters – Before carbonation the beer is steeped with coffee beans. How much coffee being used and the amount of time will give a hint of coffee, or feel like you’re drinking a camp-side cup of black Joe.
    Milk stouts – Lactose (milk sugar) is added for the yeast to munch on. Milk stouts are creamy and smooth.

    So the next time you think about “dark beers” consider the wide range of flavors possible. You just may find that you’ll turn to the dark side.