Inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol and plenty of malt character with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavors. A chewy malt sweetness with suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character from Columbus, Chinook and Ahtanum, rounds out the attack on the senses. 6 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels mellowed the alcohol esters, replacing them with sweet vanilla and a slight char flavor. Packaged in a 22oz bottle.
The American innovation has done wonders with this style adding coffee, chocolate and oatmeal flavors and aromas to the creamy roasty attributes inherent in a stout. Barrel aging in whiskey barrels or lots of hops are just some of the variations you can explore. Not necessarily higher in alcohol these beers are all about texture, richness, creaminess and full flavor for an even fuller experience.
- ABV: Medium to high alcohol
- Color: Black
- Glassware: Spiegelau stout glass
- Temperature: 50-55 oF
- Food Pairing: Rich beer with rich food - BBQ plate of spare-ribs, mac 'n cheese and baked beans, chocolate truffles and coffee ice cream