Imperial Stouts aka Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed in London for export to the Russian Imperial Court, hence its name. It is said that Empress Catherine II and Rasputin were among those whom had a penchant for Imperial Stouts.
Imperial Stouts are characterized by big, complex and roasty flavors. The alcohol content typically tends to hover at or above 10%. In recent years, American brewers have added their own twists, imbuing flavors and aromas like dark fruit, chocolate and oak barrel, which complement the dark, malty backbone.
Similar to some whiskies and wines, Imperial Stouts often thrive with additional aging, changing their character over time. We suggest aging Imperial Stouts in dark, cool conditions for the best results.