Review: Hutton & Smith Diatomaceous Dry Stout

Review of Hutton & Smith Diatomaceous Dry Stout from Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. in Chattanooga, TN.

Beer Type: Stout  ABV: 5.5%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “This is our traditional dry stout offering. It’s dark and roasty with hints of coffee, a medium body and a clean finish.”

The Reality: This beer starts with a great fresh aroma of slightly roasted coffee. The first taste brings traditional stout flavors with roasted bitter notes and coffee tones, but with absolutely no sweetness or creaminess. It finishes very dry on the palate and the body is not thick or heavy. This beer is not overly carbonated, but is actually refreshingly crisp (as much as a stout can be). The aftertaste subdues those bold stout flavors until they vanish from your tongue, which leaves your mouth wanting another sip.

Final Verdict: When a brewery sets out to craft a beer in a very specific genre sometimes they miss the mark, but I’m happy to report someone finally got it right! This is a perfect representation of a “dry stout”. It’s a stout with a high degree of drinkability, a lighter body and a lack of richness (by design). It delivers the roasted malt character and perfectly balanced bitterness you’re looking for but remains clean and truly dry. This may be the best version of a Dry Stout I’ve ever had. I wish I could say the same for Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza, which was definitely not the best version of a pizza I’ve ever had. Worse yet, it wasn’t even the best version of a hot dog I’ve ever had (the ketchup & mustard drizzle was a nice touch, though).