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Stout (Classic Beer Style) Paperback – January 26, 1998
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a. Completly dismissive of the Oatmeal Stout style saying it's just a sweet stout plus marketing.
b. Treats imperial stout as just a stronger version of standard stout.
c. Doesn't ever define stout.
d. no recipies for milk stout or oatmeal stout(see a).
e. Refuses to accept porter as a different style.
f. Lot's of downright incorrect information.
I am, however, glad that I waited to purchase this book. As one reviewer says, it does not provide information for a first time brewer (though such information is readily available in print and online). And as another reviewer suggests, the chapter on stout in Daniels' _Designing Great Beers_ provides a much better *starting point* for stout brewing. Using Daniels' chapter as guide, a brewer can make a passable stout on his first try, and even possibly a great one.
Lewis' _Stout_ is a book for the home- or craft-brewer who can already make a decent stout, but who wants to take it to the next level. The history of Guinness and the account of their brewing methods is interesting, but in terms of practical value, the real heart of this book is chapter 4, "A Taste of Stout".
Chapter 4 begins with a corrective polemic on beer styles, where Lewis argues (reasonably persuasively) that the subdivision of stout styles has rather little to do with flavor profiles and rather more to do with marketing, which in previous, less teetotaling eras, often involved making health claims (hence the wholesome-sounding "oatmeal" and "milk" styles of stout). I personally find beer styles to be extremely helpful in my attempts to explain beers to novice tasters. But as a brewer, I really just want to make a great beer. If it ends up a bit sweet: fine, call it a sweet stout if you'd like; if it ends up a bit astringent and well attenuated: fine, call it a dry stout.Read more ›
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Everything you ever want to know about stout. From 1677 to the present, this book has it all.Published 19 months ago by Cornelius P. O'Sullivan
Essential information on Stouts. Dr. Michael Lewis writes in a very understandable and clear way. Lots of good tips and tricks.Published on November 17, 2013 by Kevin L Eggemeyer
Other than the historical information passed to the reader, Dr Lewis concentrated on the biochemistry of Stout Ale. Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by Jerome P. Koch
Do you think you brew a great stout ? well read this book then re-evaluate it. This gives a great account of the history of the product as well as the big names of stout brewing... Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by J. Picot