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Stout Bread Loaf

Stout Bread Loaf

This stout bread loaf is a simple yeasted bread that gets its brown color from dark beer and a touch of cocoa powder. 
Yield: 9x5-inch loaf
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Dough Rest: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stout bread, stout loaf, guinness bread, beer bread
Servings: 14 slices
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk , warmed to 110 degrees F
  • ¾ cup chocolate stout beer* room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups (459 g) bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • egg wash , to brush
  • rolled oats , to top

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Whisk together yeast, sugar, warmed milk, and stout beer in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit for 5-7 minutes to activate yeast. 
  • Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Add bread flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt to mixer. Mix on low speed until dough starts to come together. Increase speed to medium and add coconut oil. Continue to mix on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until dough no longer sticks to the sides of mixing bowl.
  • Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Cover and allow dough to rest for one hour at room temperature. 
  • Punch dough down to remove any air bubbles. Pat the dough into a rectangle about 9 x 12 inches. Fold into into thirds like a business letter. Tuck in the sides. Place inside a well greased 9 x 5-inch bread loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for 20-30 minutes until bread rises to the top of the pan.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush top of dough with egg wash. Top with rolled oats. Bake for 40-45 minutes until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of bread loaf reads at least 200°F. Rotate bread loaf midway through baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding. Allow bread loaf to cool to room temperature of a wire rack. Once bread has cooled, slice bread using a serrated knife. 

Egg Wash:

  • Whisk together egg, salt, and water until smooth. 


  • I used Trader Joe's canned chocolate stout beer. If you cannot find chocolate stout beer, any dark stout beer will work. 
  • This bread freezes well. Allow bread to completely cool to room temperature. Slice, if desired. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe ziplock bag. Keeps in the freezer for up to a month. To defrost, leave bread at room temperature for a few hours.