Archive for the ‘Russian Imperial Stout’ Category

This is a beer that I picked up awhile back in New York. It’s also my first beer from the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

dedmoroz

ABV: 11.2%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ded Moroz 11.2%ABV – Meaning ‘Father Winter’ in Russian, Ded Moroz, is pitch black in color. It is an imposing beer that is best enjoyed by slow sipping to fully soak up this beer’s complexity. It has a very deep flavor profile of dark chocolate, coffee, graham cracker, overripe fruit, amongst others. To add to its complexity, it is generously hopped with a large portion of imported British hops to balance the sweetness and keep it true to style. Ded Moroz is a decadent treat perfect for the cold winter months!”

Random: Val and I are watching the original “Ghostbusters” and the special effects are pretty funny.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of off white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body, as expected, was inky black with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I got a lot of dark chocolate and ash. There was also oak and dates. The taste started with a decent amount of booze and smoke. There was also dark chocolate and wood ash. The taste also had a decent amount of dark fruit that manifested with red grapes, figs and dates. It had a thick and chewy body with low carbonation. The finish was quick for the style with dark fruits. A bomber of this was $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. This beer was pretty good, but the darks fruits took away from the other flavors. I’m glad I tried it, but I wouldn’t rush back to get it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the more exciting things about living in New Jersey is all of the new breweries that are popping up. I haven’t gotten a chance to visit this one yet, but found a bottle of this sitting on a shelf at Canal’s.

wrath

ABV: 11%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a relatively new craft brewery in New Jersey. We are located in Middlesex, NJ and our production brewery consists of a custom 10 BBL brewing system with 2 10 BBL fermenters, 3 30 BBL fermenters, and 1 15 BBL bright beer tank. Hunterdon distributes our beers to over 250 bars and restaurants throughout the state. We produce a number of core beers, but our focus is on producing a variety of seasonally inspired ‘insanely flavorful ales’ that are on tap mainly in our tasting room. Thanks for checking in and please check back soon.”

Random: The brewery definitely picked out a cool name for the beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose, tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to how dark the beer was. The nose had a lot of booze on it with cocoa powder. It also had notes of fresh roasted coffee. There was some oak and bourbon, but it was in the background. The taste started with the expected milk chocolate and roasted coffee note. Burnt oak and bourbon came through next. The booze was better hidden on the taste, but still there and created some warming on the back of my throat. I wish the oak taste was a bit more prevalent. The body was thin for the style with light carbonation. It had a long and sticky finish with cocoa powder. A bomber of this was not cheap at $18.49 ($.84 per ounce). I’m glad I got to try it, but it needs to be a bit more refined first.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today is my sister’s birthday. Almost every year on her birthday, it rains. Last year was one of the first that it didn’t. I’m not sure what her plans are, but hopefully she has a great day today. Anyways, beer time.

youenjoymystout

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THE CROWD GOES WILD! A smooth bass line of roasted notes establishes the deep end beneath arpeggios of complex chocolate malt, while power chords of caramelized grain open up to an extended malty jam. Black barley teases treacle character and wades into a velvety sea of oak-derived vanilla and toasted coconut tones. Sustained improvisation of fruitiness modulates to an intense finale, and encores with a rich, espresso-roasted reprise, a capella.”

Random: Val picked out this beer because she loved the label.

The bottle opened with a huge pop of the cork and it almost overflowed. The head was three fingers high and a light brown head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black and I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with burnt malt. It also had bourbon, vanilla, oak and a lot of smoke. Leather and tobacco came through as well. The taste was bitter with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There was tobacco on this as well. The bourbon came through at the end with vanilla. There was a lot of booze warming too. The body was weirdly thin with light carbonation. The finish was quick and astringent. A bomber of this was $12, which came to $.55 per ounce. I wanted to love this beer, but it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This beer was one that intrigued me. It’s not marketed the same way as regular Baltika selections, and after reading their press release, I can see why. This beer is specifically marketed to Americans, thus the different labeling. I’d be interested to see if any other international breweries are doing this to cash in on the craft beer craze.

baltikabrewcollectionrussianimperialstout

ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A new line of unique craft beer Baltika Brew Collection brewed specifically for export to the USA appeared on shelves of American stores. The craft brewery segment in the USA has been on the rise and continues its growth approximately by 12% annually…In its strive to meet present-day requirements, Baltika introduced to the US market two unique authentic brands of Russian beer from the Baltika Brew Collection: Russian Imperial stout, the stout based on a traditional formulation of the 18th century distinguished by strength and hop bitter, and Russian Honey Brown Ale, classic ale which flavor enjoys unfolding honey notes and scents of the Russian fields. Before the end of the year, it is planned to introduce the third beer brand to the American market, Russian Lingonberry Wit, wheat unfiltered beer with berry notes of the Russian forests.”

Random: I think that whoever writes their press releases needs to do a bit of editing.

This brew poured with a half-finger of khaki-colored head. I was surprised that it dissipated so quickly and it left no lacing. A crown was left on top of the black body. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was pungent with booze, black licorice and dark, roasted malts. There was also a lot of wood smoke. The taste had bitter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder up front. Then, I picked up a lot of anise and black licorice. At the end of the sip, the wood smoke, ash and booze came through. You could taste every bit of the 10% ABV of this beer. The flavors on the beer were really sharp and disjointed when transitioning. The body was quite viscous with little carbonation. The finish stuck around forever and had ash and black licorice. I picked this one up for $2.99 ($.20 per ounce), but I wouldn’t have this again even at half the price.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’ve been making an attempt to branch out and drink more beers from overseas. One of the downsides of this is the price of the beers. They tend to be a bit more expensive than their American counterparts. So, I still end up with mostly American craft beers, but hopefully, you’ll see more imports in the coming weeks. This is a beer that I read about years ago that hails from Japan and was supposedly very good.

baird

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This foreboding Stout unleashes a torrential downpour of hop character within a maelstrom of roasted malt flavor.”

Random: I love the detail on their labels. I’m a sucker for good graphic design.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of dark chocolate, cocoa and smoke. It had a certain mustiness to it. The taste had dark chocolate, but then this berry note came through. It was very odd, and honestly, not very pleasant. The smoke and mustiness came through next, which didn’t play well with the berry note. It also had some caramel malt and roastiness. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The alcohol provided a bit of warming and wasn’t very well-integrated. It had a quick finish with smoke and dark chocolate. A single bottle was $6.99 ($.58 per ounce), which was really expensive, in my opinion. Even without considering the price, this was a bit disappointing and could have been better executed. I would not have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I found this beer at the Craft Beer Outlet outside of Philly. This was the only beer in the stout series that I hadn’t been able to find with relative ease. All of the others were reviewed in 2014. This was hiding in the corner of the cooler and I almost missed it. Let’s see how the final beer was.

plead

ABV: 11%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The fifth and final beer in our stout series. Our Russian Imperial Stout is pitch black in color with a faint tan head that immediately identifies this beer as BIG. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and roast also make it even bigger. Roasted coffee and fruity chocolate notes are just the beginning of this beer’s complex flavor. You have the right to enjoy or remain silent (ha, ha!).”

Random: I like this idea of Dark Horse’s stout series. They come out at different times of the year so you always have something to look forward to.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with smoke, ash and dark chocolate. The taste had a bit more depth. It had a lot of smoke and ash with dark fruit, molasses and dark chocolate. After a few sips, there was some licorice as well. I got booze warming as well, but nothing like the ABV. The body was thick like oil with light carbonation. It had a long finish with dark chocolate and smoke. This was $11.99 for the bottle, which breaks down to a pricey $1 per ounce. Despite the price, it was just an excellent beer and one worth searching out. Now, to find the bourbon barrel version…

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

In preparation for guests this weekend, the other half and I worked on taking the painting tape down in the guest bedroom. There are still a few places left to touch up, but at least I can put the bed frame and nightstands together tonight. The only thing I don’t think I’ll be able to do before Monday is mow the lawn since we’re getting thunderstorms all weekend. Now that you’ve heard about my scheduled chores for the night, let’s talk about Mikkeller George.

george

ABV: 12.12%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ever been punched in the face by a beer? Our pal George offers anyone willing to try, a thick and oily fist right to the nose.”

Random: This was brewed in Lervik, Norway.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. What immediately struck me about the beer was the body. The base color was black, but it was obvious that there was a bunch of yeast at the bottom that created this tan cascade. I’m not sure if I should have left this in the bottle or not. Either way, I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of heavy cocoa and roasted malts with booze. There was dark chocolate as well. The taste was incredibly oily and had burnt malts with booze. Then, I picked up very, intensely bitter dark chocolate that was slightly unpleasant. At the end, I got espresso as well. The flavors on this were not balanced at all. It had a thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation and hot booze. The bitter roasted malts lasted forever on the tongue. I’m usually one for a big beer with big flavors, but this one missed the mark for me. It doesn’t help that a twelve-ounce bottle of this was $9.39, which was $.78 per ounce. Given all of those factors, I would pass on this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0