Imperial Russian Stout

A contemporary classic from our range. Deliciously dark, strong and powerful.

We were one of 12 brewers who produced our own version of Imperial Russian Stout to take part in a grand tasting held in Saint Petersburg in June 2011. The Great Baltic Adventure re-traced earlier 18th century journeys, when British porter – a dark, rich beer – was shipped to Russia where it was a great favourite with Empress Catherine the Great because of this, British Porter was renamed Imperial Russian Stout.

The beers were loaded on to a 60ft, former round-the-world Clipper and left Greenwich, London on May 15th and then headed across the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, stopping at Denmark, Sweden and Finland before arriving in Saint Petersburg on June 18th.

When the beers arrived they were tasted by a panel of judges who selected the winning stout. Unfortunately we didn’t win but the demand has been so great for our Imperial Russian Stout that we have had to do another brew! Our traditional slate Yorkshire Square fermenting vessels have been brought out of retirement to help with the fermentation of the stout which will only be available in a 330ml bottle from our Sheepy Shop, online shop and selected retailers.

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Initial sweetness quickly followed by a peppery hop which fades into liquorice and chocolate raisins, then a very long warming finish.

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Initial fresh pineapple and banana, almost port-wine. Followed by caramel and a hint of freshly baked bread.

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Food Matches

Rich red meats such as venison, strong cheeses, such as Stilton or Blue Wensleydale

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We use a touch of wheat which helps deliver the lovely creamy head and lacing down the glass - just what you would expect from a proper Yorkshire beer!

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