Medicine Hat Russian Imperial Stout

Reviewed by on December 21, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Medicine Hat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 21, 2018

  • Best Before: recommended for cellaring

  • ABV: 10.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Russian Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

It sure is nice to see such a brawny offering in a more sensible packaging format, especially at this time of the year!

This 355ml can pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent boiling cauldron profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some free-range ashiness, day-old coffee grounds, bittersweet cocoa powder, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hops.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, wet char, cafe-au-lait, medium-dark chocolate chips, a hint of anise spice, and a still rather subtle earthy, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a concrete medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad at this point in the game.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and cocoa emceeing the lingering after party.

Overall – well, this is certainly a well-made version of the style, and simple, due to the lack of ornate adjuncts, and just sticking to the basics (so, in a good way). No sign of the slightly north of 20-proof booze factor, which is always a neat trick if you can pull it off.  Great stuff!

Brady White

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