American-Style Imperial Stout

Ale - American

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 50 - 80
  • Color:   40+ SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.080 - 1.100
  • Final Gravity: 1.020 - 1.030

Black in color. American-style imperial stouts typically have a high alcohol content. Generally characterized as very robust. The extremely rich malty flavor and aroma are balanced with assertive hopping and fruity -ester characteristics. Bitterness should be moderately high to very high and balanced with full sweet malt character . Roasted malt astringency and bitterness can be moderately perceived but should not overwhelm the overall character. Hop aroma is usually moderately -high to overwhelmingly 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.