Stout Glass Merits:
- Voluminous, open bottom glass base drives beer and aromatic foam upward into main bowl
- Ultra-pure quartz material makes for unsurpassed clarity and flawless, true color presentation of stout beer
- Wider, conical bowl significantly amplifies aromas & also provides superior flow to mid palate, improving the taste, mouth feel and finish of complex a stout
- Stark, angular shape and open base creates dramatic visual cascading effect into glass as beer is poured
The new Spiegelau x Left Hand Brewing Company x Rogue Ales Stout Glass was developed over a yearlong series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel crystal glassware owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau VP, Matthew Rutkowski. Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales and experts from each brewery tested a selection of stouts ranging from Rogue Ales’ Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout.
Words from friends:
Denver Post – Building a better stout glass
NY Daily News – Spiegelau and two breweries come up with a new glass design just for stouts
Stout Glass vs. IPA Glass
This is the second style specific glass from Spiegelau, the company that developed the IPA glass with Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada. We assure you that they are indeed two different glasses, developed over a year between all breweries involved with Spiegelau. The stout glass was not designed or selected with aesthetics in mind, it’s purpose is utilitarian. The final prototype was the glass that best performed for ultimate olfactory experience drinking stout.
Yes, at first glance they share similarities but they are different glasses, both designed separately and ultimately selected for their style specific performance. The IPA glass is taller with a smaller bulb and ridged base, which aerates the beer into and out of the glass to balance flavors and the slender, bowed shape bowl concentrates hops aroma. The stout glass is shorter with wider bulb and internal shelf with a columnar base. The voluminous, open bottom glass base and internal shelf drives beer and aromatic foam upward, and with a gentle swirl, maintains a steady recharge of the beer. Moreover the wider conical bowl significantly amplifies the roast and aroma, providing ideal flow to the mid palate, improving the taste and finish of complex stout beers.
As Brett Joyce from Rogue says, it’s like comparing a Lamborghini and Ferrari – they both go fast, but they’re different cars. Milliliters are miles in the world of glass. First IPA, now stout, and we’ll see what comes next! We’re all about improving the beer drinker’s experience. Glassware that directly imparts flavor is powerful and it’s a project we are proud to be a part of. Hope you can try one and see for yourself!