Crazy Good Foreign Extra Stout Recipe

Extra stouts are pretty beefy stouts.  I like them for the winter and the nice thing about them is that they really do have a quicker turn around when comparing them to other big stouts such as Russian Imperial Stouts.   This beer is ready to drink as soon as it carbonates so I would say it’s good to drink in about 3-4 weeks.  The beer has this light tan color, it’s has a dry coffee flavor and a sweet flavor to it as well.



12 oz 120L crystal malt

10 oz roasted barley

6 oz chocolate malt

6  lbs Light Malt Extract (DME)

1.25 cane sugar

1 oz Target (60 min 10%AA)

1/2 oz Styrian Goldings (15 min 3.2% AA)

WLP 004 or Saf -04


OG: 1.066

FG: 1.013

IBU: 41

SRM: 87

ABV: 6.8%


  • Heat 2.5 gallons of water to 150 degrees
  • Turn off heat
  • Steep grains for 30 minutes
  • Take out grains
  • Add malt extract as well as sugar
  • Bring to boil
  • In beginning of the boil add Target hops
  • Boil for 45 minutes
  • Add Styrian Golding Hops
  • Boil for 15 minutes
  • End boil
  • Cool down, put in fermenter, fill to 5 gallons, pitch yeast
  • Ferment for 7-14 days
  • Use .75 cup of corn sugar for priming
  • Let sit in bottles for 3-4 weeks

Taste Profile

What you can expect out of the grains is going to be some dark fruit flavors from the crystal malt.  It has this Plum like flavor to me all the time.  Alone I don’t like it but when put together with other dark malts it creates complex beer.  Don’t freak out about adding sugar to the boil.  I know you don’t want to add cane sugar post boil but pre boil is fine.  We have a blog post up about it and why that is if you want further explanation.  The Target hops are an English style bittering hop that have a decent alpha acid that will help cut through the dark malts  This really does add a nice balance to the beer.  I personally like Styrian Golding hops and like to use them for flavor and or aroma.  Each time, it seems to make the beer just floral enough to tie it all together.

This beer is a good one to make for the final stretch of cold weather to come.  It’s a dark beer with out a doubt and having a moderate ABV will really warm you up.



Related Post:

Russian Imperial Stout Recipe

Big Scottish Ale Recipe

Video Of Making Imperial Stout

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