Porter was strong, stout porter stronger. Extra stout porter, which became known as imperial stout after its royal recipients, was the stongest. By the end of the 18th century, porters were leaving London and travelling to places as varied as America, India and Russia, where Empress Catherine the Great’s thirst for strong, dark beers has created romantic legends of these brews. Today we expect beers deep with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and thick, strong texture.
Flying Dog – Kujo (Imperial Stout)
Kujo is the savage spawn of two brewing worlds – coffee and beer – colliding. But in that collision, there’s a balance between rich and roasted stout characteristics and the deep, dark coffee notes. The result is an 8.9% ABV brew made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point, West Virginia.
Flying Dog – Gonzo (Imperial Porter)
Gonzo is big, bold, and beautiful like the man it was brewed in honor of – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Flavor notes: Roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla malt flavors balanced with a unique hop bite.
Awards: 2008 Gold Medal World Beer Cup – American-Style Imperial Stout and 2009 Gold Medal Great American Beer Festival – Imperial Stout
Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate (Imperial Stout)
Brewed since 1994, Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and months of aging. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years.
Left Hand – Wake Up Dead Nitro (Imperial Stout)
When nitrogen is added instead of carbon-dioxide to a beer, smaller bubbles are formed giving it a smooth and creamy quality. When a Nitro-beer is poured properly–by completely inverting the bottle into the glass–the beer will display a beautiful cascade that ultimately settles into a thick and velvety head.