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.
American Imperial Stout
- Foie Gras
- Aged Cheeses
- Flour-less Chocolate Cake
- Expedition Stout, Bell's Brewery
- Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, North Coast Brewing Co.
- The Russian, 2SP Brewing Co.
Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
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
Bittersweet Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee
Fruity esters are generally high
Not common to style
Low to Medium
Horizon, Kent Goldings
Pale, Black Roasted Barley, Special "B", CaraMunich, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate