Style Details

Name
Tro­pi­cal Stout
Cate­go­ry
Dark Bri­tish Beer
BJCP Style Code
16 C
Appearan­ce
Very deep brown to black in color. Cla­ri­ty usual­ly obscu­red by deep color (if not opa­que, should be clear). Lar­ge tan to brown head with good reten­ti­on.
Aro­ma
Sweet­ness evi­dent, mode­ra­te to high inten­si­ty. Roas­ted grain aro­mas mode­ra­te to high, and can have cof­fee or cho­co­la­te notes. Frui­ti­ness medi­um to high. May have a molas­ses, lico­ri­ce, dried fruit, and/or vin­ous aro­ma­tics. Stron­ger ver­si­ons can have a sub­t­le clean aro­ma of alco­hol. Hop aro­ma low to none. Dia­ce­tyl low to none.
Fla­vour
Qui­te sweet with a smooth dark grain fla­vors, and restrai­ned bit­ter­ness. Roas­ted grain and malt cha­rac­ter can be mode­ra­te to high with a smooth cof­fee or cho­co­la­te fla­vor, alt­hough the roast cha­rac­ter is mode­ra­ted in the balan­ce by the sweet finish. Mode­ra­te to high frui­ty esters. Can have a sweet, dark rum-like qua­li­ty. Litt­le to no hop fla­vor. Medi­um-low to no dia­ce­tyl.
Mouth­feel
Medi­um-full to full body, often with a smooth, crea­my cha­rac­ter. May give a war­ming (but never hot) impres­si­on from alco­hol pre­sence. Mode­ra­te to moder­ate­ly-high car­bo­na­ti­on.
Over­all Impres­si­on
A very dark, sweet, frui­ty, moder­ate­ly strong ale with smooth roas­ty fla­vors without a burnt har­sh­ness.
Typi­cal Ingre­dients
Simi­lar to a sweet stout, but with more gra­vi­ty. Pale and dark roas­ted mal­ts and grains. Hops most­ly for bit­ter­ness. May use adjuncts and sugar to boost gra­vi­ty. Typi­cal­ly made with warm-fer­men­ted lager yeast.
Histo­ry
Ori­gi­nal­ly high-gra­vi­ty stouts bre­wed for tro­pi­cal mar­kets, beca­me popu­lar and imi­ta­ted by local bre­wers often using local sug­ars and ingre­dients.
Comments
Sweet­ness levels can vary signi­fi­cant­ly. Sur­pri­sin­gly refres­hing in a hot cli­ma­te.
Com­mer­cial Examp­les
ABC Extra Stout, Dra­gon Stout, Jamai­ca Stout, Lion Stout, Roy­al Extra Stout
Ori­gi­nal Gra­vi­ty
1.056 - 1.075 SG
Final Gra­vi­ty
1.010 - 1.018 SG
Color
30 - 40 SRM
Alco­hol
5.0 - 8.0 %vol
Bit­ter­ness
30 - 50 IBU