About Flavored Imperial Stout

About Flavored Imperial Stout
Imperial stouts are dense, opaque black in color and strong in alcohol, typically ranging from 6.5-12%. These beers usually have a note of sweetness and contain burnt cocoa and dried fruit flavors. They are stronger versions of the original stout style and were first brewed by the British to withstand the rigors of export to Russia and the Baltic states. The style was nearly extinct until its revival by the British brewer Samuel Smiths in the early 1980s. In recent years, imperial stouts have been embraced by US craft brewers and are quickly becoming staples of many brewers’ growing seasonal portfolios. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Imperial Stout, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Deschutes The Abyss and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout.

Top Picks for Flavored Imperial Stout

Brickway Brewery Imperial Stag Holiday Stout
94 points
Brown black color. Spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon oatmeal with cream, chocolate graham cracker, frosted carrot and fruit cakes, and caramelized yams with herbs with a chewy, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with notes of sweet beet and cranberry relish, sarsaparilla, and peppered chocolate finish. A complex, spicy imperial stout that screams the holidays.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Imperial Stout
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Spicy, herbal, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced coffee, alpine herbs, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with overtones of cappuccino and mexican chocolate finish. A wonderfully balanced and delicious spiced coffee flavored stout.
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Vanilla Coffee Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate-vanilla fudge, dried fruits, and spiced nuts with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, long finish with shades of vanilla latte and rocky road and mint ice cream finish. A sumptuous, crowd pleasing creamy coffee stout that is sure to be a hit.
New Holland Brewing Co. Dragons Milk Reserve Banana Coconut Stout
89 points
Brown black color. Sweet aromas of banana yogurt, fig bar and leather conditioner with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, sweet medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length chocolate taffy, raspberry creme cookies, peach tea, and honey finish. A crowd-pleasing, smooth-sipping, fruity stout.
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Chocolate Coffee Stout
88 points
Brown black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of oily fresh roasted peanuts, clay, halva, and green beans with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish displaying accents of chocolate covered espresso bean, pepper, and radicchio finish. A savory, chocolatey, coffee stout.
Prairie Street Brewing Angry Turk Imperial Coffee Stout
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of coffee syrup and whole milk steamer with a satiny, lively, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a medium-length raw walnuts and almonds, nut shells, chocolate malt-o-meal, and celery rib finish. A bitter and roasty brew for cold nights.
Rochester Mills Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milkshake Stout
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, butter toasted fruitcake, coconut creme brulee, and wet whisky barrel with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish with impressions of honeyed lettuces, peppered nut brittle, and cherry cola and brandy finish. A big, nicely composed imperial stout that will be great with desserts or a dessert in a glass.
Sun Up Brewing Company White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, artisanal dark chocolate, coffee oil, and peppercorns with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, appealing, long finish with shades of caramelized nuts and cappuccino finish. An intense, concentrated coffee stout with great artisan chocolate and coffee flavors.
Brickway Brewery Bella Diva Chocolate Stout
86 points
Opaque brown black color. Green, roasted, interesting aromas and flavors of seared swiss chard and snap peas, roasted whole nuts, chocolate rice cereal, and green tea leaves with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, medium finish manifesting notes of decaf caramel machiatto, dark chocolate mousse with candied citrus, and delicate sweet and pepper spices finish. A fun flavorful chocolate stout with savory, green hop notes.
Revival Brewing Co. White Electric Nitro Coffee Stout
84 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of tootsie roll, roasted bell peppers, grilled plantain, and pickling spices with a satiny, soft, dry medium body and a warming, brisk finish that presents accents of charred nut shells, whey, and cocoa powder finish. A mild and uncomplicated stout with a rustic side.