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Stout was originally simply a colloquial epithet for ‘strong beer’. Its use for a specific sort of dark, fairly bitter and creamy variety of beer seems to have originated in the mid-eighteenth century: in 1762 W. Burton wrote ‘the Porter brewers likewise have made a beer of an extraordinary strength called Stout, that will bear being made weaker by mixing it with small’. The most celebrated brand of stout is probably Guinness, first brewed by the Guinness family in Dublin in 1759, and mentioned by Charles Dickens in his Sketches by Boz (1836).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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