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Beer Styles

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American Imperial Stout

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.

Category: Stouts

Food Pairings

  • Foie Gras
  • Aged Cheeses
  • Flour-less Chocolate Cake

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Snifter
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Black

Clarity

Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable

Hop

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

Bittersweet Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee

Esters

Fruity esters are generally high

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Horizon, Kent Goldings

Malt

Pale, Black Roasted Barley, Special "B", CaraMunich, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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