Funny story. One day, my sister decided to meet me in Philly and we were doing some daytime drinking. It wasn’t anything crazy, it was just having some lunch and some beers (well, in her case, cider). We took a picture of me drinking a Russian Imperial Stout and her cider (which if I recall correctly, was a pear cider, so it was exceptionally light). We sent said picture to my mother and challenged her to pick what each child was drinking. My mother responded correctly and then asked why she wasn’t invited. So, here’s another big time stout that reminds me of that day.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: This was the LA Times Beer of the Month in January 2009.
Random: I find Mariah Carey’s new song rather annoying. It could be as a result of having to listen to it multiple times per day at work.
This brew poured with a three finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with some carbonation visible. The nose had some dark chocolate and warm roasted malts. Espresso and booze came through as well. The taste was just as strong as the nose. I got big espresso notes, dark chocolate and strong bitterness. The roasted malts were there as well, as was the booze, which was dialed down a touch for the nose. Despite this, it provided a significant warming at the end of the sip. A dollop of smoke was present as well as it warmed. The body was thick and heavy with generous carbonation throughout .The finish was long with bitter coffee. This was a really enjoyable brew and a sipper, no doubt. Go grab this one if you see it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0