Brewsters Russian Imperial Stout
Reviewed by Brady White on March 8, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: March 8, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 13.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Russian Imperial Stout
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 355ml bottle pours a solid black, with the barest of amber basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy brown head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, weak cafe-au-lait notes, anise spice, and tame earthy, musty, and rather soused-up floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some hard to pinpoint besotted woody esters, medium dark chocolate, generic red berries, day-old coffee grounds, faint barrel staves, and more understated earthy, leafy, and musky floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly restrained in its innocuous frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and more smooth than one might have been anticipating here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, and sweet booziness presiding.
Overall – well, I do believe that they have knocked this one out of the proverbial park, rendering a tasty and surprisingly easy to drink 26-proof ticking time bomb, which hides its elevated strength quite sneakily. Worth checking out, especially if you prefer them big and brawny.