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Top 10 Imperial Stouts Brewed in the North America

This Top Ten Imperial Stouts list is from the results of the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and

Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing – Florida

1. Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing – Florida
2. Ale Epeteios - Left Coast Brewing - California
3. Founders KBS - Founders Brewing - Michigan
4. Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, Weasel Boy Brewing - Ohio
5. Narwhal Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Brewing - California
6. Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing - California
7. Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes Brewing - Massachusetts
8. Bells Expedition Stout - Bells Brewery - Michigan
9. Hammer and Sickle - Renegade Brewing - Colorado
10.Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus - Sawdust City Brewing - Canada

Imperial Stouts
Black to very black, American-style imperial stouts typically have a high alcohol content. Generally characterized as very robust. The extremely rich malty flavor and aroma are balanced with assertive hopping and fruity-ester characteristics. Bitterness should be moderately high to very high and balanced with full sweet malt character. Roasted malt astringency and bitterness can be moderately perceived but should not overwhelm the overall character. Hop aroma is usually moderately-high to overwhelmingly hop-floral, -citrus or -herbal. Diacetyl (butterscotch) levels should be absent.

IBUs: 50-80
SRM: 40+
ABV: 6-15.0%

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