Narragansett Beer introduces its all-new Imperial Russian Stout, the first release of this style for the brewer, as the fourth installment of the Narragansett Private Stock series of limited-edition craft offerings. Narragansett Imperial Russian Stout (8.5% abv) is available in 22-ounce bomber bottles throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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.”
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, this beer uses German and American ingredients — a nod to the six German-Americans who founded Narragansett in 1890. Its label is reminiscent of early 20th century packaging in honor of the company’s 124-year history