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Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Style Information
Russian Imperial Stout is a specific stout style that tends to be defined by both a strong malt profile and a higher alcohol content than other stout styles. There should be strong notes of roasted grains, chocolate malts, and possibly cocoa and dark fruits. Hop presence should be minimal. ABV as high as 10% or more is common.

From Wikipedia:

"Imperial stout, also known as 'Russian Imperial Stout' or 'Imperial Russian Stout', is a strong dark beer or stout in the style that was brewed in the 18th century by Thrale's brewery in London, England for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. In 1781 the brewery changed hands and the beer became known as Barclay Perkins Imperial Brown Stout. When the brewery was taken over by Courage the beer was renamed Courage Imperial Russian Stout. It has a high alcohol content - nine or ten percent ABV is common. This higher alcoholic content was necessary to prevent the beer from freezing in transport, due to the colder temperatures in the Baltic."

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Top Consumed Russian Imperial Stout
1. Expedition Stout by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe204
2. Imperial Stout by Founders Brewing Company148
3. Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery134
4. Ten FIDY by Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery133
5. Darkness by Surly Brewing Company124
6. The Abyss by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.111
7. Imperial Russian Stout by Stone Brewing Company77
8. Plead the 5th Imperial Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Company71
9. Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout by Three Floyds Brewing LLC67
10. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company47

Top Reviews Russian Imperial Stout
 BeerAvg Score
1. Kaggen! Stormaktsporter 2008 by Närke Kulturbryggeri AB95
2. Thumbsucker by Magic Hat Brewing Company94
3. 110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S. (2009) by Cigar City Brewing93
4. Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout by Portsmouth Brewery93
5. Dark Horizon First Edition by Nøgne Ø - det kompromissløse bryggeri92
6. BlackBall Port Wine by Pizza Port & Brewing Co - Solana Beach92
7. Old Rasputin XII by North Coast Brewing Co.92
8. Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company91
9. The Abyss by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.90
10. Darkness by Surly Brewing Company90