Description

The American-style imperial stout is the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these beers typically have an extremely rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. Bitterness can come from roasted malts or hop additions.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    40+
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    50 - 80
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    7.0% - 12.0%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Noticeable
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma and flavor are medium-high to high, with floral, citrus and/or herbal hop aromas. Hop bitterness is medium-high to very high and balanced with the malt character
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Bittersweet Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruity esters are generally high
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Mouth-Coating
  • Carbonation
    Low to Medium
  • Finish Length
    Long
  • Attenuation
    70 - 75
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Horizon, Kent Goldings
  • Malt
    Pale, Black Roasted Barley, Special "B", CaraMunich, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Aged Cheeses, Blue Cheese, Gouda, Gorgonzola Dolce, Stilton, Aged Gouda
  • Entrée
    Foie Gras, Coffee-rubbed Porterhouse Steak, Blue Cheese-stuffed Portabella, Fennel and Leek Risotto, Lamb Osso Buco, Beef
  • Dessert
    Flour-less Chocolate Cake, Licorice Ice Cream, Brownies, Coconut Macaroons, Vanilla Desserts
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Opaque
  • Color
    Black
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