For the New Year, I'd like to explore beer styles that are new to me. So far, I've reviewed a lot of IPAs, Pales Ales, and Winter Warmers. When I looked at the styles I reviewed in 2010, I was surprised to notice that I didn't review any stouts. Well, that's about to change!
To kick the year off with a bang, I'm going to start with some of the biggest, baddest stouts out there—the Imperial Stouts. Imperials have stronger malt profiles and more alcohol than their less regal cousins. So during the next few weeks, I will be sampling and writing about:
- Old Rasputin, North Coast Brewing
- W'11 (KGB Imperial Stout), Widmer Bros. Brewing
- The Abyss 2010, Deschutes Brewery
- Storm King Stout, Victory Brewing
- Yeti, Great Divide Brewing
In the picture below, you may notice Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout. It's not an Imperial Stout. I accidentally placed it in the shot and am to lazy to take a new picture. I may do a different series on regular stouts. Or maybe I'll throw Chicory Stout into this round for a change of pace. We'll see.
If you have any favorite Imperial Stouts, please let me know which ones.
3/28 update: I finally finished this series. I didn't know much about Imperial Stouts before I started, but now I know that I love this incredible style! They're so much depth in the darkness of these beers. I'm going to pick up some more of these and let them gracefully age. We'll see what happens in a year or three. I'm sure the result will be amazing.