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15-12-2011, 08:12
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Visitors to The Grove may be amazed to see a beer called 'White Stout' lurking on one of the pumps on the main bar. White Stout ? Surely not. Is this Durham's way of reacting to the wave of black IPA's that have suddenly flooded the market, appears not according to their website.

I managed to sample some yesterday after it had been sitting on the taunting pole for some time, and it was a good, nay even, great beer. It was light coloured, more like a wheat beer than a bitter. Certainly nothing like a stout colour. The taste was soft, without any noticeable hop character, but did not drink like its 7.2% strength.

Time to check out what the brewer was really thinking when he brewed it. It seems historically that a stout need not be black, any strong beer qualifies,but a stout needs a 'body' whereas often IPA are thinner and obviously hoppy. The base is pale malt, wheat malt and flaked barley, none of the darker malts we normally associate with stouts, and this gives a 'thicker' base than we often find in light beers. There is no reference to the hops used in the brew on the website, but it does not give either the aroma or taste that one would associate with a light beer or a beer of this strength. Notwithstanding, the beer is excellent and something different, an example of what can be achieved by thinking outside the box. Well worth a visit to The Grove to check it out.

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