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After the success of the IPA glass, last year saw the launch of another specialised craft beer glass: the Spiegelau Stout Glass. Not only an endeavour of glass-makers Spiegelau, the stout glass was designed in association with expert craft brewers, Left Hand Brewing Company and Rogue Ales, specifically with the enhancement of the stout drinking experience in mind. If you’re not familiar with their beer glass projects, Spiegelau and many craft beer connoisseurs will tell you that glassware can make all the difference to drinking beer: the quality and shape of the glass will affect the balance of flavours and aromas of the beer, as well as their longevity in your drinking session. In other words, you may find that when you normally drink a beer, after a few minutes the foamy head has disappeared, the aromas have flattened and the beer has warmed. You may find that while your beer bottle declares hints of coffee or chocolate, you struggle to experience these within other overwhelming qualities, like the bitterness. A well-made glass can revolutionise these disheartening beer experiences. The stout glass balances a stout, so that all the subtle flavours lovingly crafted into your beer can be enjoyed. The array of chocolate, mocha, oatmeal, nutmeg, coffee, peanut butter, and other delicious hints found in stout can be identified more easily when the bitterness is balanced. But how does this work? A combination of the quality of glass and the shape of the glass is the key. The glass is made from pure raw materials and is sleek and thin, meaning less intrusion between drinker and drink. It also means that the beer is kept deliciously cool for longer. The narrowing aperture acts like a scent cannon: delivering the full spectrum of aromas straight to your nose. It also helps to support head retention, as does the angled shelf as the beer flows over it, with every tip of the glass. The stout glass is a hit at beer-tasting sessions, as it reveals the delicious layers to craft beers that have been present all along. Try it out with your friends, especially those who may not normally choose stout and you will likely hear the magic words: ‘I’m not a stout person, but I like that.‘ The stout glass won’t fundamentally change a beer, but it will capture and showcase all the flavour and aroma details that were always present in it, and prolong your enjoyment of them. If you’re a beer fan, you definitely owe it to yourself to try it out. Try your own glass comparison, and see what all the fuss is about for yourself. Once you see the incredible contrast, you’ll never go back. Grab your own Stout Glass here. Like this? You might like our Twitter or Facebook… Find more fantastic glassware at smedson.com.