Russian Imperial Stout is a style for those beer enthusiasts who are in search for new sensations. The origins of this historic beer date back to London at the turn of the 18th century. The clear malty tones: coffee, chocoalte, caramel and velvety rye malts bring to mind Belgian pralines. Untransparently dark, the beer is brewed with a surprising amount of ingredients: abundance of malts to achieve the high extract, plenty of hops to balance the full-bodied and malty flavour. Another characteristic is the long fermentation and lagering process that allows the beer to mature and balance its rich flavours.
One of the strongest beer styles in the world, Russian Imperial Stout, is a historic style of dark beer brewed at the turn of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century by London breweries. This style has been created for the same reasons as today’s brewers design new wave beers. That is to say, to meet the needs of beer enthusiasts looking for new quality in beers, specifically the fuller bodied and stronger styles. With time, the style gained in popularity in the Old Continent, and Sankt Petersburg. This is why in the 20th century it earned the name of Russian Imperial Stout.
In order to achieve such a high extract, we have used exceptionally big amounts of malts. We have decided on a mix typical for Imperial Stout: the basic Pilsner malt, Munich malt for Fuller taste, caramel malt for aromas of roasted caramel and dark malts: chocolate, wheat malt, as well as colouring malt filled with chocolate and coffee aromas. We have given the beer a twist. The rye malt accounts for higher viscosity of the beer and a bit of roughness which brings to mind the earthy and spicy tones of this ingredient.
We have used traditional, continental hops, Magnum, to produce bitterness necessary to achieve balance between malts and hops, and Tettnanger to produce herbal aroma, which oxidizes in strong, dark beers.
We have added natural pressed, 100% Polish raspberry juice. Incredibly aromatic, sweet and sour. In Rye RIS, it enriches the taste with acid and sweet notes and gives a raspberry aroma, which, together with the chocolate-coffee base of this style creates the impression of a dark cake with raspberries.
- Style: Russian Imperial Stout
- Ekstrakt: 23,0 %
- Alkohol: 8,5 %
- IBU: 62
- Malts: Malts: Pilsner, rye, caramel 400 EBC, Munich malt, chocolate wheat, coloring malt
- Hops: Bitter: Hallertau Magnum (DE), Aromatic: Tettnanger (DE)
- Yeast: top fermentation Danstar Nothingham
- Look: Black, with ruby highlights
- Aromas: fruity, chocolate, roasted, raspberry jam, chocolate-raspberry pralines, dessert chocolate stuffed with raspberry mass
- Full, velvety, low saturation
- Sour, raspberry
- Cocoa, roasted, bitter
- Serving temperature: 10-13 ⁰C
- Glass: Tulip, Sniffter
Dishes: chicken hearts with raspberry sauce;
Desserts: dark truffles, brownie with berries