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RIS and American Double?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MVP09, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. MVP09

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    Russian Imperial Stout and American Double Stout. What is the difference? Is it just one is an English style strong stout and the other is American? Or are each one totally different?
     
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    If i had to take a guess it would be that RIS are usually more hoppy.

    Im probably wrong but that is my guess
     
  3. cbeer88

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    You can read what BA has to say here:
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style

    You can easily justify combining these two categories into one. In fact I conceptually do when I think about them. The way I'd think of it as separate styles though, is the RIS is pretty straightforward and predictable, whereas an American Double Stout could have adjuncts (coffee, chocolate, fruit, etc), be barrel aged, get crazy with the recipe, etc, etc.
     
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    It's really just what the brewery chooses to name it. You'll find the number of breweries deciding to include the word "Russian" in the name are declining, but most still use the word "imperial."
     
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    Being new to craft beer I think the way you put it is interesting. I never thought about it like that. Nicely put.
     
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