Menu Icon

Looking for homebrewing gift ideas? Check out our previous gift guides here or here!
Also, if you enjoy BrewUnited, please consider doing your Amazon shopping via our affiliate link!

Black Loch

Please log in to review this recipe!

Share this recipe on reddit

Batch Size (gallons)2
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style13F. Russian Imperial Stout
Original Gravity1.105
Final Gravity1.030
ABV9.84% (basic)   /   10% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color43 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWyeast 1728 (Scottish Ale)

Pale Malt, Maris Otter6 lbs78.6%3
Chocolate Malt 9.6 oz7.9%350
Oats, Flaked 8 oz6.6%1
Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 5.28 oz4.3%120
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 3.2 oz2.6%40

Challenger (Boil)1.25 oz607.5%56
Fuggles (Boil).5 oz14.5%1

DirectionsMash @ 155F for 60 mintues.

This is a big beer, so give it plenty of time in primary. Make sure to take gravity readings!

Aerate the wort prior to pitching, pretty key in a beer this size. It makes a huge difference. 


Aroma 9/12 and 10/12

  • Med-high dark chocolate aroma

  • med-high roast malt aroma

  • Medium plum esters

  • medium caramel aroma

  • no hop aroma

  • alcohol and tobacco notes

  • rich, complex, and malty

Appearance both 1/3

  • Black in color.

  • No head carbonation

  • Tight bubbles that are quickly gone

Flavor 13/20 and 15/20

  • Huge complex flavors

  • deep malt backbone

  • no harsh alcohol

  • medium dark chocolate flavors

  • sweet finish, balanced towards malt

Mouthfeel 5/5 and 3/5

  • Lacking in carbonation

  • Gently warming in alcohol

  • not astringent, lingers on tongue

  • creamy mouthfeel

  • low astringency from roast malt

Overall Impression both 7/10

  • A sipper

  • Big and bold

  • Good mixture of roast malt and dark chocolate

  • Plum and prune flavors blend well

  • Only lacking in carbonation

  • Impressive

Recipe Awards
Award Winning Recipe! 3rd place in the Stout category of For What It's Wort

This all grain Russian Imperial Stout homebrew recipe was submitted by Matt.