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Old 01-04-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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Whats Your Favorite Imperial Stout

Imperial Stouts are one of the biggest beers made. They have a huge amount of specialty grains , are usually very high alchohol, and have that distinctive Roasted Barley smell and aftertaste.

My favorite store bought is Sam Smiths. Its just right in the taste department although unusually low (7 percent) in the Ach category for this style.

Roasted barley is a specialty grain that must be used intelligently. Too little and you miss the "Imperial" style. Too much and its like chewing charcoal.

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Old 01-04-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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CBC (Cambridge Brewing) makes some very good porters & stouts. Use to work right next door in the Kendall Sq complex, got to sample them frequently.

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Old 01-05-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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I didn't know that's what makes it Imperial. Going to try to brew my own this winter. As for store bought.
When you can find it (though seems bandwagonie now since there is an infomercial on discovery) Dog Fish Head is great.. Only every now and again though since a 4 pack costs upwards of 15 bucks. That is the one killer with that label. I know you get what you pay for but that is alot for 4 beers. It will get you shmackered though.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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An imperial stout has high alchohol. To get there the starting gravity is usually much higher and to balance the fermentable malt , more specialty grains are used (unfermentables) so the finishing gravity is also higher. that all means a stout has more alc and is more full bodied.

Although stouts and porters names have been used interchangeably for a long time , today most people distinguish a stout from a porter by the presence of roasted barley which has a very distinct flavor. Souts have roasted barley , porters not by todays style descriptions.

$15 for a 4 pack would keep me away too!

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Old 01-05-2011, 02:53 PM   #5
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:02 PM   #6
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I've learned more about beer from reading Saltheart's posts on this site than I have from all other resources combined.

I don't drink a lot of Imperial stouts, but I do like the Samuel Smith and if I remember correctly, the Sam Adams is pretty good too.

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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the good thing is...the tide has turned on how small amounts of Alcohol preferably drank at home by a cozy fire isn't that bad for the old ticker.

That doesn't account for the weight gain factor so lets dump all this expensive $4 dollars a bottle beer down the drain and drink coors light.

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:51 PM   #8
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As for draught stout ill take a Murphy's over Guiness any day of the week. That being said my vote goes for the Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout for anything out of a bottle. I'm not a big fan of the draught cans tho.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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founders makes some good stuff ive had the breakfeast stoudt still waiting on the KBS
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:09 PM   #10
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Founder's Breakfast,Goose Island Bourbon County and Peche Mortel. In that order. The Goose Island is 13% ABV and is aged in a bourbon barrel..
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:56 PM   #11
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how was the drinkabilty of the bouborn stout, better warm or chilled?
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:09 PM   #12
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how was the drinkabilty of the bouborn stout, better warm or chilled?
Smooth as can be. It was in my basement, which is about 50 degrees. Poured it into a chilled glass. As it warmed the flavors really came through. Definitely hid the 13% ABV. Great sipper. I'm going to get a couple more and try to age them.Highly recommend it if you can find it..
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:31 AM   #13
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good to hear picked up a 4pack from my local bd trying to decide what to do with it.....he also has the rare but its real pricey $60 for a bomber
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:39 AM   #14
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Drink one and maybe age a couple. I had a chance to pick up the rare as well,but passed. For that kind of $$ I'd rather get a nice single malt.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:42 AM   #15
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Lately my son and I have been partial to Victory Storm King, but have also found most of the bourbon casked stouts to very good.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:29 PM   #16
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As of today, the Southampton Russian Imperial Stout. Gonna have to change my day off next week to make the release party .
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:05 AM   #17
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Bud Light is my favorite Stout....it's 18.99 a case and you never have to worry about taste it's great....HAHAHA
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:56 PM   #18
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Does Shipyard's bluefin stout count cause that beer is outa this world good
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:03 PM   #19
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Sure , why not Goose. I asked about Imperials but so far many other stouts have been mentioned.

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Old 01-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #20
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Wolavers Organic Oatmeal Stout


SO money. suprisingly nice hoppiness to it. 5.9 abv. delicious. get some

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Old 01-31-2011, 05:33 PM   #21
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:52 PM   #22
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I like Guiness Stout
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:43 AM   #23
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I don't really drink stouts often but when I do Rogue XS Imperial Stout or Old Rasputin get my vote
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:44 AM   #24
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Wolavers Imperial series rocks.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:29 AM   #25
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Rose Ally in New Bedford has a Yeti Imp. Stout that is incrediable. Smooth as velvet and kicks like a mule

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Old 04-09-2011, 06:26 PM   #26
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Stone's Imperial Russian

And on rare occasion i will, if available get Rogues Imperial Stout which is hard to get.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:56 PM   #27
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my 2 fav. at this point, but I am wearing out a bit on imperials

stone and vic. storm king that is. Vics my favorite

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:36 PM   #28
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Had a Smutty 2010 this weekend and it weighs in at 10.3%. Very good. Had to go the Charleston SC to find it. Worth the trip.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:39 AM   #29
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Did you know today (Nov 3) is International Stout Day?

Best glass is Guinness, St James Gate, Dublin, but Cambridge Brewing makes a really good Russian Stout, when available.

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Old 11-13-2011, 09:06 AM   #30
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Had me a couple of Smutty 2010 imperial stouts and they were absolutely fantastic. Probably my new numbero uno.
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