Brewsters Russian Imperial Stout

Reviewed by on March 8, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

2017 version.  Calgary-based Brewsters has made an RIS before, but at a much lower ABV, and not bottled, FWIW. Bourbon barrel aged.

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.

Brady White

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