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RIS and American Double?

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

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  1. MVP09

    MVP09 Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    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?
  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Jul 6, 2008 Indiana

    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

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    You can read what BA has to say here:

    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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  4. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    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."
  5. stoney1031

    stoney1031 Dec 2, 2012 Texas

    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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