Russian Imperial Stouts

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A Stout style originally from England called “Russian Imperial”? Yes. Similar to the origins of Baltic Porter, the English came to brew an even stronger version of an existing beer, this time in response to both a direct request and to necessity. The request came from Russian Emperor Peter the Great after a trip to England around 1700, during which he took a great liking to the dark beer, which would become known as Porter. The first supply was shipped to St. Petersburg and arrived spoiled from the long voyage and freezing temperatures. Not taking any chances with its second attempt, the English increased the alcohol and hops to very high levels in the next batch for a shipment that arrived in drinkable condition and pleased the czar tremendously. The beer was originally bre

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  • 1. 
    Russian Imperial Stouts typically have an ABV of?
  • 2. 
    Russian Imperial Stouts should be served in a?
    • A. 


    • B. 

      English Pint

    • C. 

      Russian Pint

    • D. 


  • 3. 
    Originally alcohol and hops were added to the beer in order to?
    • A. 

      Give the beer more flavor

    • B. 

      Preserve the beer for the long trip to Russia

    • C. 

      Keep the beer from freezing

    • D. 

      Get the Russian Czars drunk, so the English could attack

  • 4. 
    The first Imperial Stout was brewed by Samuel Smith's Brewing Company.
    • A. 


    • B. 


  • 5. 
    Check all examples of Russian Imperial Stouts.
    • A. 

      North Coast Old Rasputin

    • B. 

      Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

    • C. 

      Oskar Blues TEN FIDY

    • D. 

      Victory Storm King

    • E. 

      Bell's Expedition Stout

    • F. 

      Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

    • G. 

      Flying Dog Pearl Necklace

    • H. 

      Thirsty Dog Siberian Night

  • 6. 
    The Russian Imperial Stout was brewed by the English as a request from Russian Emperor ___________?
  • 7. 
    Russian Imperial Stouts are __________ in taste.