American-Style Imperial Porter

Ale - American

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 35 - 50
  • Color:   40+ SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.080 - 1.100
  • Final Gravity: 1.020 - 1.030

Imperial porters are very dark brown to black in color. No roast barley or strong burnt/astringent black malt character should be perceived. Medium malt, caramel and cocoa-like sweetness should be in harmony with medium-low to medium hop bitterness. This is a full bodied beer. Ale-like fruity esters should be evident but not overpowering and compliment malt derived sweetness and hop character. Hop flavor and aroma may vary from being low to medium-high. Diacetyl (butterscotch) levels should be absent.

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