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Russian Imperial, dry, sweet, milk, American, oatmeal: whichever it is, it's the beautiful stout. A direct descendant of the porter, it got its moniker because it was a stronger, roastier version of its mother beer--a "stout" porter, if you will. Over the years the "porter" was dropped from the name and various transformations took place in accordance with the local tastes and availability of ingredients leaving us with a wide array of this beautiful dark beer.

The dry Irish version, thanks to the likes of Guinness, is the most famous and many breweries around the world brew their own interpretation. The English stout from a brewery like St. Austell tends to be more sweet, especially in terms of the milk stout which has a rounder, sweeter quality. Conversely, the American type is considerably more bold with a lot more hop and roast character; Tiny Rebel's got a good example. Yet, the granddaddy of them all is the Russian Imperial Stout--De Molen is famous for their Rasputin and Northern Monk has got a great one to try--big, brazen, and massively intense; bring a friend if you intend to overindulge!

Beer Hawk is rated 4.60 stars by based on 3086 merchant reviews

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Will never use again, 2 phone calls ,2 e-mails 2 weeks later, no beer, 3 day delivery, you deserve to go out of business, hopefully after I get my beer!
My order was supposed to be delivered within 3 working days. It is now over that and other than the initial order confirmation and taking my money, I have received no correspondence from Beer Hawk, or my order. I have contact Beer Hawk by email three times on two different email addresses but each time have just received a blank email back; I have messaged on Facebook and left a post on their Facebook page; and I have sent a message via a PayPal dispute, but have received absolutely nothing back from them. My order was a birthday present for this Sunday, it is now Friday evening, so I guess that's not going to happen. I can only presume that the company is no longer trading, so I am now going to proceed in trying to recover my money.
Disgusted! Ordered an Advent calendar as an anniversary gift for my husband 6 weeks ago and trusted them to deliver on the specified date as they said. No sign of it or any message to say it will be coming. They took my money fast enough. I have emailed, sent messages through facebook and tried to ring all to no avail. I will be contacting Paypal for a refunbd but if you have any sense, stay well away, they are cowboys, you only need to read the reviews to see that.