Dry, roasty and strong, this award-winning recipe is a favorite of dark beer lovers. Similar in style to Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.
Specialty malts: English Crystal, Black Patent, black roasted barley
Featured hops: Chinook
O.G. = 1.079
F.G. = 1.019
Approximately 7.9% ABV
Approximately 272 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallon
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This beer aged incredibly. I think it really became a great beer after 8-9 months in the bottle. On many occasions when going to friends houses I have been asked ‚ÄúDo you have any of that stout left? Can you bring some?‚Äù I brewed the mini mash following the instructions.
I have made several AHS recipes and haven't been disappointed yet. This is a big beer. Just opened a bottle today after about 1 month after bottling it's a great example of an imperial stout. Big flavor, a bit of an alcohol taste to it but not out of style. I like this a lot and will be enjoying it as the weather turns cooler.
This one fermented like wild and I probably lost a six pack worth out of my blow off tube. Might have had to do with the heat wave we were having, but wow! A month after bottling it is a great stout, but damn strong. If you like a strong sipping stout this is a good one. Some people have been overpowered by it though. I am going to shelf it and crack it open this winter.
Brewed this about 3 months ago; 4 weeks in primary and bottled from there. Added about 10 OZ cane sugar and 10 OZ of "generic" honey in the boil; about 2 OZ honey at bottling. Added 1/2 OZ extra of bittering hops to boil to offset additional fermentables. Came out at 8.5%. Tasted after 6 weeks, pouring high to generate head, which stayed for a long time. Could not get over how good this beer is--incredibly rich and complex, but not too sweet. Typical smell of WLP002, but less than at bottling. Chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, creamy. Honestly struggled to finish one 12 OZ bottle and I have a high steady state alcohol level in my bloodstream :)). This is a frikin' BIG BEER, winter wonderland of a stout. This will be STELLAR at Christmas. Highly recommend but be patient--at least 2-3 weeks primary and a couple in secondary if you choose to do that. I don't
Man, this is so good. Left about 3 or 4 weeks in primary (can't remember exactly) and straight to the keg. A couple of weeks after that it tasted great. Nice thick head, full of body, and exactly what I want from an imperial stout. It's only getting better with age, but sadly it's not going to last much longer. This is going to be in the regular rotation.