WHAT IS IT?
A dark malt accented, extremely strong beer, sometimes aged in bourbon barrels
Colour: Midnight black
Body: Extremely full
Bubbles: Low to medium
Originally brewed for export as a substantially stronger version of England’s 18th century mainstay, Porter, Imperial Stout was popular with the Russian court who were used to higher test beverages. Although it remained popular with Barclay Perkins and Courage, the style has come into its own in the modern context with adjuncts and barrel aging sometimes coming to the forefront of the flavour profile.
• Dark chocolate
• Braised Beef Ribs
• Vanilla Ice Cream
What’s The Deal With the Bourbon Barrels?
Aging in American Oak gives beer a caramel and vanilla character as the beer exchanges osmotically with liquor soaked into the wood. It makes for a thickly textured, high test, practically unctuous beer perfect for late autumn and early winter contemplation.
Six Must-Try Ontario Imperial Stouts
Barrel-Aged Double Tempest, Amsterdam Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout, Walkerville Brewery
Kentucky Bastard, Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Blackburne, Left Field Brewery
UVB76 Maksim, Wellington Brewery
Fortissimo, Tooth and Nail Brewery