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Beer Styles

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American Imperial Porter

Definitively American, these porters should have no roasted barley flavors or strong burnt/black malt character. Medium caramel and cocoa-like sweetness is present, with complementing hop character and malt-derived sweetness.

Category: Porters

Food Pairings

  • Chicken Mole Enchiladas
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Blondie Butterscotch Brownies

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Black

Clarity

Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is medium-low to medium

Malt

No roasted barley or strong burnt/black malt character should be perceived. Medium malt, caramel and cocoa-like sweetness is present

Esters

Ale-like fruity ester flavors should be evident but not overpowering, complementing hop character and malt-derived sweetness

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl should be absent

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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