Starbuck's new stout latte features beer-flavoured coffee syrup. Sounds irresistible ...

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Image: Starbuck's tests a latte that tastes of beer

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You could almost set your seasonal watch by Starbucks: pumpkin spice latte for autumn, those red coffee cups for winter and a frappuccino for summer. But a new addition has made it onto the menu (coffee connoisseurs, you might want to look away now) and it tastes of beer.

Topped with whipped cream and a dark caramel sauce, the coffee syrup used to flavour the drink is designed to taste like dark Irish beers (such as Guinness) but actually contains no alcohol.

 

The new coffee, called the Dark Barrel Latte, is currently only available in limited Starbucks' in the US while they test its popularity – it could be replacing your red Christmas cup soon. So, what else can you do with stout?

 

The ultimate pub snack?

Guinness and a packet of crisps have long been a tasty partnership. In 2012, Burts crisps partnered with Ireland’s famous stout for a world first – Guinness crisps. While we were sceptical at first, the subtle roasted barley and hops flavours had us reaching for a pint of the black stuff. 

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Chocolate Guinness cake

Dense, moist and with a hint of bitter stout, both Nigella Lawson and Tom Kerridge are big fans of the chocolate and Guinness combo – who are we to question them?

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Chocolate and Guinness cake

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Finger lickin’ good

Beer and ribs are a manly match made in heaven.  Warning: using too much stout can make for very bitter ribs.

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Guinness ribs

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Soap up

Fragrances such as pine, lavender and cedar wood have been added to the blend so lathering yourself in Guinness soap won’t make you smell like a brewery, apparently. 

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Guinness soap

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A slice of stout

A good glug of stout in your soda bread will make for a moreishly moist bake. Great toasted with a slathering of butter. 

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Guinness bread

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Beer-can roast

The stout makes the meat incredibly moist and gives a subtle sweet and malty flavour. 

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Beer can chicken

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