Friday, July 17, 2009

Русское пиво

Up tonight is Sprecher's Russian Imperial Stout. Typical of the style, the beer pours thick and the head is a medium color brown. Even a bit cold, it sits up nice.

On the nose is roasted barley, with nutty hints and alcohol looming in the background. At the start of tasting is all roasted barley, just like it should be. Mid-mouth, the beer balances to quite neutral with the malt sweetness toning out the roast. The alcohol is also less noticeable. Swishing it around show how fizzy this beer is. It finishes with roasted malt and alcohol.

I was quite disappointed with this beer, but I am more than willing to try it again. Perhaps my taste buds are off, but I've had better Russian Imperials.

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