Style: Russian Imperial Stout
OG: 19.5 Plato
FG: 4.0 Plato
Brewer’s Note: “Full Bodied, Completely Black – Bigger, Bolder…More BLATANT!”
The beer pours thick and black, as an imperial stout should, though a hair short of being motor oil. It sits with a scrim/necklace of light, sand colored bubbles, and in body is impenetrable to the eyes. The beer smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruits, slight charred leather, smooth dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a soft nut-scent. A very nice, sweet nose with tons of chocolate coming through. On the tongue, the beer is sweet with a soft bitterness coming from the roasted/charred malt and a faint herbal hop. Very soft acidity can also be sensed on the sides of the tongue. In flavor, this beer is richly chocolaty, moving from hot chocolate to dark chocolate, to milk chocolate, a nice rounding nuttiness can also be sensed. The finish ends with superb touches of char, dark fruits, and faint coffee. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body, which is a little odd but adds superb drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and the carbonation is soft and fluffy. The mouth is left dry but with a nice scrim of saliva coating it. Overall, this is a very drinkable and delicious RIS. Blatant caught me by surprise with this one. I’m actually making a venison pie with it right now for fun. Great beer.