A dry stout is an offshoot of a London Porter. Originally stouts were high in alcohol and very strong in taste and were called Stout Porters and later shortened to Stout. The Dry Stout is much lower alcohol and lighter in flavor to be a more drinkable beer. Guiness is one of the breweries to make the style popular and had a heavy emphasis on darker grains. They began using black malt, roasted barley and later on flaked barley, which increased attenuation and mouth feel.
A jet-black beer topped with creamy tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee flavors meld together with touch of char. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering bitterness.
Oysters, mussels, lobster, crab, cams, scallops, and calamari. Ham, prosciutto, pancetta, and bacon. Chocolate based desserts, such as truffles, crème brûlée, raspberry or strawberry tart.