Ivory Stout (White Stout)

Sweet Stout Brew Link Brewing Company

1.5

Ivory Stout (White Stout), an English-style Sweet Stout by Brew Link Brewing Company

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Ivory Stout (White Stout) is an English-style Sweet Stout brewed by Brew Link Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The Stout pours a crystal-clear golden hue and is topped by a very thick cap of dense ivory-white foam that shows excellent retention. Patches of sticky lace and a soapy collar round the glass following the reduction.

Aroma

The aroma is sweet with a scent of chocolate, vanilla, and a just a hint of coffee bean.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of doughy bread that sweetens with vanilla with hints of chocolate, coffee, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth, slightly sticky with a medium body and less-than-moderate carbonation.

Overall

Its appearance is obviously inconsistent with the style but considering the concept, it works. Regardless, the brew looks good in the glass. Not working as well, both the aroma and palate are super sweet; the flavors are less than harmonious and there’s just too little bitterness. Worse, its feel is too thin for the style. The Ivory Stout is a gimmicky beer whose pale appearance isn’t nearly compelling enough to demand a purchase.

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About the Sweet Stout

The Sweet Stout and Milk Stout originated in England in the early 20th century and were marketed as a tonic for invalids and nursing mothers. The Sweet Stout is very similar to the Milk Stout but its use of unfermentable sugars doesn’t include lactose. Like other stouts, its color ranges from dark brown to black and is either opaque or clear. Full body or nearly so with a creamy feel and low carbonation. Roasted grain combined with the sugars give the aroma and palate a coffee and cream or sweet espresso character. Chocolate and fruity esters may be present. Hops typically lend an earthy or floral flavor. The Milk Stout and Sweet Stouts are sweeter than other stouts with a milder roast character. Its balance is similar to that of an Oatmeal Stout.