This is a Russian Imperial Stout recipe thatI last brewed at Capitol City Brewing Company in 2004. The recipe was originally designed with Mike McGuire, a local homebrewer and member of both the BURP and Worthogs local homebrewing clubs, when the original recipe took Best of Show at the homebrew competition Spirit of Free Beer put on by BURP in 2004. The brew is comprised of imported English pale, crystal, brown,and black malts and a good amount of roasted barley and flaked oats. The hops used were the English First Gold varietal and it was fermented with our house strain of NCYC 1187. The beer came in just over 20 degrees Plato and weighs in a whopping 8.5 %alcohol by volume.