Durham Brewery White Stout (7.2%)

A pale stout?
Is this just another Black IPA type misnaming to cause discussion?
Well, no.
It’s said that the word Stout simply meant a strong beer long before it started to mean a dark beer.
And so this is brewed with that description in mind.
And what a brew it is.
This beer has a fiery heat underpinning a delicious spiced fruity malt.
The smell is that of a good hoppy IPA mixed with a blast of decent Belgian Trippel and a bag full of kids chewy sweets.
You know, big and round and fulfilling, but coupled with an eye wateringly sexy bitter, orange juice infused, long dryness.
On drinking more, this has a touch of the Saison about it.
A good yeast flavour coupled with green leafy lip puckering, peppercorn fuelled crispness.
Whether people argue about this being a stout or not is, for me at least, neither here nor there.
This is, put simply, a damned good pint of beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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