Imperial Russian Stout

The Imperial Russian Stout was the fourth installment to the Private Stock series of limited-edition craft offerings from 'Gansett.

Originally created in the 18th century by the English to impress the Russian Czar, "Imperial" Stouts were brewed to survive the long, hard journey to Baltic regions to nourish troops, and generally offer higher alcohol content and heavy malt flavor. 'Gansett's Imperial Russian Stout is a sweet, full-bodied brew with a backbone of Pale malt and Munich malt, accentuated by Roasted malt, Chocolate malt, Caramel and Crystal malt. The evenly balanced Stout has notes of chocolate flavors rounded out with light carbonation.

Brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin at Buzzard's Bay Brewing Co. in Westport, Mass. With Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops, and both German and American malts€”this brew is another nod to the six German-Americans who founded Narragansett in 1890. Its label is reminiscent of advertisements from the early 20th century in honor of the company's 124-year history.

It was first available in March 2014 in 22-ounce bottles and draft throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The beer is 8.5 percent ABV and 60 IBUs.