Stouts and porters are robust top-fermented beers with a distinctive character. The colour and strong flavour come from dark roasted malts.
You can also discern hints of bread, coffee and dark chocolate in the toasted flavours.
The differences between stout and porter have been lost over the course of history, but stout has traditionally been heavier. There are examples of both beer styles ranging from sweet to dry and mild to strong.
Try stout and porter with smoked lamb, pepper cheese or dark chocolate cake.
Stouts and porters are best served chilled, at 10–14°C. Chilling a bottle from room temperature to the perfect serving temperature takes about one hour in a fridge.