Russian Imperial Stout


Russian Imperial Stout is a dark, roasty, and bracing stout. This style orginated with beers brewed in England specifically for export to the Russian Imperial court. At 8% ABV on the low end it is comparable to Barley Wine and other high gravity styles.

Vital Statistics

O.G. 1.075 – 1.115
F.G. 1.018 – 1.030
ABV 8.0 – 12.0 %
IBU 50 – 90
SRM 30 – 40
Volumes CO2 1.7 – 2.3

Statistics from [1] and [2]

Related Styles

Russian imperial stout is partially the inspiration for Baltic porter a similarly high gravity dark beer that makes use of continental European ingredients and lagering. It could be considered a darker version of barley wine.

Brewing Russian Imperial Stout

Grains A mixture of pale malt, crystal malts, and dark roasted malts/grains. Large amounts of well-modified pale malt provide much of the sugar while ample amounts of roasted grain provide complex coffee, burnt, and chocolate flavors.

Hops Any types may be used. Should have moderate to high hop bitterness to balance large amounts of malt. Can have variable amounts of aroma and flavor hops.

Yeast Alcohol tolerant strains of American or English ale yeast.

Water Relatively high carbonate levels will balance acidity from dark grains.


  1. ^ Beer Judge Certification Program style guide 13f
  2. ^ Hibbard, Mark. "A Primer on Priming." 1995.