Spiegelau Stout Glass Review
I am by no means a beer glassware nerd. Sure I have given away most of my shaker pints, and the few I have left I tend to use for water. I don’t turn up my nose at getting them at bars and restaurants, but I do understand the difference a quality glass can make in enjoying a beer. I have collected a relatively large beer glass collection, which is modest compared to many beer nerds out there.
You might have read my recent review of the Spiegelau IPA Glass. It was a mixed bag for me. I did feel like it did what it was supposed to do, but personally it wasn’t such a great improvement to make me use it exclusively. So I was surprised by my excitement when I saw the Spiegelau Stout Glass for sale at the Total Wine in St. Petersburg this summer. I’m pretty sure I paid $8.99 plus tax. In spite of my experience with the IPA glass I scooped up a glass and carefully packed it to take home, eager to do a side by side experiment.
I split a bottle of Westbrook Mexican Cake with my wife, (Hey, if you are going to experiment, do it in style!) Her portion in a Cigar City snifter I often use for a stout, mine in the new stout glass. I was surprised by the results almost immediately! The powerful aroma coming from my glass was stunning. I’ve had this beer before and I remember the aroma being one of the highlights, just wanting to sit and smell it almost more than drink it. I’m guessing my head might have actual exploded if I had smelled what was coming out of the Spiegelau glass the first time! The beer in the snifter didn’t smell bad, it just didn’t seem to have much of an aroma AT ALL compared to the huge and inviting aroma spewing from the Spiegelau. The taste had the same results. Both beers tasted good (this is a world class stout after all). However, the stout glass accentuated, and almost separated the flavors. The finish was silky smooth. The snifter has a much harsher finish, and really seemed a bit more muddled compared to the other.
I was (and still am a little) shocked by these results. The efforts to create a glass that truly enhanced the stout style was most certainly accomplished. I am sure I will use other glasses when this is dirty (and it is a pain in the ass to clean!) but I will always know in the back of my mind that I might not be getting the full experience. I am honestly tempted to order a second one. It’s needless to say at this point, but I highly recommend buying and using one of these glasses, the thing works!