Today was another long day at work. It’s a short week and one of my friends is getting married this weekend, so I’m off on Saturday to go to the wedding. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Courage Imperial Russian Stout, a beer last brewed in London in 1982, has been recreated by Wells and Young’s head brewer, Jim Robertson, who last crafted the beer in Horselydown, London. The beer, which has become an iconic and much sought after brew, is being officially launched at the Great American Beer Festival at the renowned Falling Rock Taphouse, Denver, on the 30th September. The beer has been maturing since May this year and Robertson admits brewing the iconic beer has been a joy. He says: ‘I was one of the last brewers to produce this beer in London and it has been an honour, a privilege and, I must admit, a labour of love for me. This beer is a real test of my abilities as a brewer – it uses a large amount of raw ingredients and brewing the beer in an automated brewery has been a real challenge. But I’m incredibly happy with the final brew, and can not wait to share it with people at the launch.’ The 10% ABV beer, which is set to be produced yearly by Wells and Young’s, will be available in the US initially, but beer lovers in the UK need not worry as there are plans to make Courage Imperial Russian Stout more widely available in 2012.”
Random: The USA lost in the World Cup today. At least we lost to a country that makes seriously awesome beer.
This brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no real lacing on the glass. A slight tan crown was left on the beer. The body was a dark brown with moderate visible carbonation and lots of floaties towards the bottom. The nose had espresso, fudge, licorice and some smoke. The taste was even more intense with more smoke, dark coffee and bitter chocolate and tobacco. There was some hop bitterness as well, but the other flavors drowned this out. The body was velvety and had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with lots of woody smoke. Despite the high ABV, it wasn’t detectable. This was a really nice beer and would be great on a winter night. I would definitely have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0