Narragansett Releases Imperial Russian Stout

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Today, New England’s 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.

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, 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.

The Imperial Russian Stout is the company’s fourth offering in the Private Stock series, as the company continues to expand its acclaimed craft selections. Narragansett has introduced limited-edition Imperial Black Steam, Imperial IPA and Imperial Bohemian Pilsner since creating the series in December 2012.

Narragansett Imperial Russian Stout, priced at $5.99, is available in 22-ounce bomber bottles throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The beer is not for the faint of heart or palate at 8.5 percent Alcohol By Volume and 60 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

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Narragansett BeerÔǪBrewed since 1890. ‘Gansett is a straightforward, quality beer that has been a New England tradition for generations, producing a classic family of award-winning American lagers & ales. Today, ‘Gansett is produced at top-rated breweries in Providence, RI, Pawcatuck, CT, and Rochester, NY, and is one of America’s top 50 regional brewers and the fastest-growing in the Northeast. Narragansett is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tenn.