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American Porter and Stout - Imperial Stout


An intensely-flavored, big, dark ale with a wide range of flavor balances and regional interpretations. Roasty-burnt malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavors, and a warming, bittersweet finish. Despite the intense flavors, the components need to meld to

Flavor Profile: Rich, deep, complex and frequently quite intense, with variable amounts of roasted malt/grains, maltiness, fruity esters, hop bitterness and flavor, and alcohol. Medium to aggressively high bitterness. Medium-low to high hop flavor (any variety). Moderate

Ingredients: Well-modified pale malt, with generous quantities of roasted malts and/or grain. May have a complex grain bill using virtually any variety of malt. Any type of hops may be used. American or English ale yeast.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Imperial Stout Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
05 TINY DARK ATOMS
500 L 14.25% 34.61 1.155 1.046
All Grain 11607
Abraxas clone
5.5 gal 14.11% 99.33 1.130 1.039
All Grain 9589
American Imperial Stout
5.5 gal 11.37% 113.09 1.115 1.028
All Grain 7689
Canadian Breakfast Stout
5 gal 8.76% 63.34 1.085 1.019
All Grain 7644
Imperial Stout BIAB
5.75 gal 9.51% 80.77 1.094 1.021
All Grain 6919
Founders CBS
5 gal 11.04% 54.14 1.107 1.023
All Grain 5077
American Imperial Stout I - Beer
33 L 9.01% 74.3 1.083 1.014
All Grain 4824
Adjunct Imperial Stout v4
20 L 17.55% 67.64 1.160 1.054
BIAB 4218
Chocolate Vanilla Pastry Stout
15 L 9.49% 58.34 1.101 1.029
All Grain 4045
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake
19 L 9.79% 95.51 1.108 1.034
All Grain 3944

Newest Imperial Stout Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
high grav
1.5 gal 9.4% 44.09 1.091 1.019
extract 13
Open sesame
10 L 10.25% 54.77 1.096 1.018
All Grain 43
Prairie Artisan Ales - Vinyl (clone)
5.5 gal 11.58% 112.26 1.120 1.031
extract 20
Awesome Recipe
5 gal 10.62% 71.41 1.105 1.024
extract 16
Pastry Stout
25 L 8.4% 39.96 1.092 1.028
All Grain 30
Yeti Clone
5 gal 9.27% 104.11 1.090 1.020
All Grain 37
4yr Anny Stout
35 gal 11.92% 104.04 1.112 1.021
All Grain 35
Double Fudge Cereal Stout
155 gal 9.46% 34.46 1.100 1.028
All Grain 25
BA Stout w/ Tahitian Vanilla Bean
2.25 gal 13.64% 40.39 1.143 1.039
BIAB 13
Imperial Stout
500 L 10.68% 80.12 1.099 1.018
All Grain 42

Fermentables Used In Imperial Stout Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Flaked Oats 1,231 Adjunct raw 2.2°L
33 8% 1% - 100%
American - Chocolate 1,058 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 5% 0% - 61%
American - Roasted Barley 1,020 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 4% 0% - 77%
US - Pale 2-Row 891 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 63% 4% - 100%
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 660 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 58% 2% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 593 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 4% 0% - 23%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 384 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 5% 0% - 52%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 353 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 4% 0% - 16%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 342 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 5% 1% - 23%
Lactose (Milk Sugar) 342 Sugar sugar 1°L
41 5% 0% - 26%

Hops Used In Imperial Stout Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Magnum 493 15 56% 2% - 100%
Columbus 329 15 46% 4% - 100%
East Kent Goldings 315 5 37% 7% - 100%
Willamette 310 4.5 36% 2% - 100%
Cascade 277 7 36% 5% - 100%
Nugget 274 14 43% 6% - 100%
Centennial 247 10 32% 1% - 100%
Chinook 243 13 37% 2% - 100%
Northern Brewer 206 7.8 36% 5% - 100%
Fuggles 195 4.5 39% 2% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Imperial Stout Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Chocolate 52 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 29% 7% - 100%
American - Roasted Barley 45 American Grain roasted malt 300°L
33 24% 7% - 70%
American - Black Malt 26 American Grain roasted malt 500°L
28 20% 4% - 50%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 25 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 25% 1% - 100%
United Kingdom - Black Patent 19 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 525°L
27 18% 5% - 40%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 17 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 24% 9% - 50%
Flaked Oats 15 Adjunct raw 2.2°L
33 24% 3% - 100%
United Kingdom - Roasted Barley 15 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 550°L
29 28% 8% - 50%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 13 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 31% 13% - 44%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 10 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 36% 13% - 100%

Yeasts Used In Imperial Stout Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 545 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 257 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 191 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Wyeast - American Ale 1056 157 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Med-Low 75% 60°F 72°F
Imperial Yeast - A10 Darkness 99 Imperial Yeast Ale Medium 71% 62°F 72°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 94 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
White Labs - Dry English Ale Yeast WLP007 93 White Labs Ale Med-High Med-High 75% 65°F 70°F
Lallemand - LALBREW┬« NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 72 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
White Labs - San Diego Super Yeast WLP090 61 White Labs Ale High Med-High 79.5% 65°F 68°F
Mangrove Jack - New World Strong Ale M42 59 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a High 79.5% 61°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Imperial Stout Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 340 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 184 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 167 Water Agt Mash 50% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 161 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 132 Water Agt Mash 8% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 108 Fining Boil 50% 0% - 100%
Chalk 103 Water Agt Boil 19% 0% - 89%
Lactic acid 98 Water Agt Mash 69% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 81 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Vanilla Bean 71 Flavor Secondary 44% 0% - 100%

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