Russell Winter Stout
Reviewed by Brady White on January 9, 2018 in Winter Guide
- 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 !
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.