Beer lore says that the term “imperial” came about in the 1800s when an English Stout, brewed for the Russian Imperial family, was made with a higher ABV in an attempt to impress the Czar’s court. It was highly praised thus bringing about the “Russian Imperial Stout”. In modern times the term imperial is very common and can be applied to every different style of beer. Imperial is synonymous with double because an imperial beer has more of everything. More hops, more grain, more ABV! These beers are flavor explosions typically with a hop bite and a boozy characteristic. Next time you visit Old Rapp Taphouse check our draft list for an imperial beer to give it a try.