Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Chilled 7 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a sniffer. Bottled in 2009 with a sly disclosure that brew is best after 1 year. Without knowing the exact month of bottling this is either a 13 or 24 months of age, either way it is consumed regardless.
Poured into a slight sniffer with very little activity (as one would expect from such a brew) it generated a fingers worth of pale brown head. The body is black a midnight and no there is no color change when he glass is held to the light.
Aroma is typical Russian Imp Stout, albeit a little more subdued than others that i've come across. Coffee notes are contrasted with raw and untreated dark chocolate. Roasted malt, cooked molasses and dark fruits produce a slight sweet and fruity underlying aroma.
Taste is dominated by a smokey to burnt malt but its the dead on accurate taste of raw dark chocolate that makes your taste buds stand up and take notice. Brown sugar is present and mixes well with the taste you get from a short mixed espresso or turkish coffee when you savour the coffee residue.
In the mouth this is very syrupy, ultra smooth and sweet. Not as heavy bodied as one may expect but the level of carbonation is on par with the majority of Imperial Stout i the craft market place today.
For those that love an Imperial Stout or a Stout in general, I say Yes and the same goes for those who have matured their palate towards this direction.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2011 16:37:02 | More by SleepyMonk
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