British-Style Imperial Stout

Ale - England

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 45 - 65
  • Color:   20 -   40 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.080 - 1.100
  • Final Gravity: 1.020 - 1.030

Dark copper to very dark brown, British-style imperial stouts typically have high alcohol content. The extremely rich malty flavor (often characterized as toffee -like or caramel-like) and aroma are balanced with medium hopping and high fruity-ester characteristics. Bitterness should be moderate and balanced with sweet malt character. The bitterness may be higher in the darker versions. Roasted malt astringency is very low or absent. Bitterness should not overwhelm the overall character. Hop aroma ca n be subtle to moderately hop-floral, -citrus or -herbal. Diacetyl (butterscotch) levels should be absent.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.