Like other specialty glasses, stouts do not need to be served in a small glass. Stouts, compared to most light beers, are typically dark and slightly salty that may have hints of malt, hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, or other rich flavors. They were made popular in Britain and Ireland, home of the ever famous Guinness, in the 18th century. Back then, stout was just another word used to describe any dark beer, or porter, that had an ABV greater than 7% (per Britannica).
Slightly similar in color to Spiegelau IPA glass, its sturdy glass version has a narrow base with no edges, a slightly shorter frame, and a curved top body with a flatter base. Gizmodo reported in 2014 that it was considered the world’s first beer-specific glass, released in collaboration with Left Hand Brewing, Rogue Ales, and Spiegelau. Compared to its IPA glass counterpart, “it’s like comparing a Ferrari and a Lamborghini”, according to Rogue’s Brett Joyce – both work well and the beer goes down quickly, thanks to the superior design which enhances the taste.
Wired reported in a taste test that drinking a stout from the specialized stout glass as opposed to a pint glass improved the smell and taste of the beer while maintaining its creamy consistency and head retention. Even if you’re not a fan of stouts, porters, some very dark lagers, and Scottish ales, you can only make them better in a stout-specific beer glass.