Imperial stout, also known as "Russian Imperial stout", is a strong dark beer in the style that was brewed in the 18th century by Thrale's Anchor Brewery in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia.
Imperial stouts have a high alcohol content, usually over 9% abv, and are among the darkest available beer styles. Interpretations of the style often include ingredients such as vanilla beans, chilli powder, maple syrup, coffee, and marshmallows. Many are aged in bourbon barrels to add additional layers of flavour.
Pair with roasted, smoked and barbecued food. Sweeter imperial stouts compliment desserts well.
Drink between 10° - 13°