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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
 
Style Information
The American Double (or Imperial) Stout is one style that virtually every microbeer fan knows well. The style is a derivative of the Russian Imperial Stout and therefore has the same robust flavor and feel. It has a very notable malt character to go along with the very dark or black color. There also should be hints of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted grains and other strong aromas and flavors. This style lends itself to strong flavor additions like chocolate and coffee.

The alcohol content of the style is almost always high. Hop bitterness is also usually more notable than other stout styles, but is balanced well with the sweetness, roastiness and richness of the malt character. ABV is usually in the range of 7% to 12% or higher. IBUs are usually from 50 to 80.

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Goblet A goblet (or chalice) is a large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glass. The distinction between goblet and chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets tend to be more delicate and thin, while the ... [more]
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
Wine Glass Wine glasses come in many shapes that are styled specifically to certain varietals of wine. The shape of the glass is very important, as it concentrates flavors and aroma. Wine glasses can be div... [more]

Top Consumed American Double / Imperial Stout
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island363
2. Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company302
3. KBS by Founders Brewing Company177
4. Bourbon County Coffee Stout by Goose Island97
5. Peruvian Morning by Central Waters Brewing Company90
6. Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company89
7. Night Stalker by Goose Island87
8. Buried Hatchet Stout by Southern Star Brewing Co.77
9. Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company73
10. Narwhal by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.57

Top Reviews American Double / Imperial Stout
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Silent Night by Mother Earth Brewing100
2. Black Hole Barrel Aged Cognac by Mikkeller96
3. Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 7000 by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe94
4. Witch Doctor by Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co - Orange94
5. Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak by AleSmith Brewing Company94
6. Mocha Diablo by Dave's Brew Farm94
7. Beer Geek Brunch Weasel by Mikkeller92
8. Paradox Batch 008 by BrewDog Ltd92
9. Young Sarge by Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery92
10. Rare Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island91