How to Pour Stout Beer

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Pouring the perfect glass of stout beer requires precision and a little patience.
Pouring the perfect glass of stout beer requires precision and a little patience. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Pouring beer is not as simple as you might think. There are a variety of different methods to consider and each is suited to a different type of beer. Stout is a type of beer made using roasted malt or barley. Most stout beers are characterized by a deep, dark coloration and a strong, bitter flavor. Pouring the perfect glass of stout beer requires a two stage process that allows the sediment to settle and also creates a dense, creamy head.

Hold the glass at a 45 percent angle and position approximately one inch below the beer tap or bottle.

Open the tap fully and allow the glass to gradually fill. Alternatively, gently tilt the bottle to begin pouring. Try to maintain a steady and consistent stream.

Close the tap or stop pouring the bottle once the glass is three-quarters full. Place the glass on a flat surface and allow the beer to settle for a couple of minutes.

Place the glass directly underneath the beer tap or bottle in a vertical position and fill to the brim by pouring straight down the middle. This will ensure a smooth, distinctive head.

Tips & Warnings

  • In order to create the perfect head the beer should be poured slowly. If the head grows too quickly stop pouring and allow the beer to rest for a moment.

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