Russell Winter Stout

Reviewed by on January 9, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: January 9, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It doesn’t seem that there is anything particularly seasonal about this offering, other than a mixed-up malt bill (flaked barley, my stars!).  And here’s another marketing department that still doesn’t know the difference between ‘pallet’ and ‘palate’.  Anyways.

This 650ml bottle pours a fairly solid black abyss, with scant amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and shiny brown head, which leaves a bit of scattered island group lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, day-old coffee grounds, some free-range ashiness, ethereal anise spice, and some understated earthy, musty, and floral hops.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, medium dark chocolate, unsweetened cafe-au-lait, some wet char, dry black licorice, and more tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral ‘verdant’ hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess fighting to emerge against the hovering roastiness.  It finishes trending dry, the toasted malt character predominating.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough ‘winter’ brew, in that I am reminded of sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, and drinking something along the lines of an Irish Dry Stout.  Tasty, full-flavoured, and yeah, roasted, if I haven’t mentioned that before.  Worth checking out.

Brady White

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