Bourbon Barrel RIS (Stoneface Brewing Company)

Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout 9.5% ABV From: Newington, NH Brewery’s Note: Brewery’s Note: “Aged in American oak barrels from Heaven Hill, this Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) clocks in at 9.5% ABV. Perfect for long, cold nights. This is the type of beer you can enjoy now or set aside and age for years.” The beer pours chocolatey and thick, though not quite … Continue reading Bourbon Barrel RIS (Stoneface Brewing Company)

King Misanthrope (Henniker Brewing Company)

King Misanthrope (Henniker Brewing Company) Style: Russian Imperial Stout aged on toasted Maple Wood cured with American whiskey 10% ABV From: Henniker, NH Part of the Off The Grid Series Brewery’s Note: “Misanthrope: A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society./ Bold, dark, strong, and unapologetic.  King Misanthrope is a Russian Imperial Stout aged on house-toasted maple wood cured with American whiskey from Flag Hill … Continue reading King Misanthrope (Henniker Brewing Company)

2014 Parabola (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout 14% ABV 82 IBU’s 167 SRM Malts: Crisp Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Cara-hell, Carafa, Dark & Light Crystal, Chocolate, Oats, Roasted Barley Hops: Bittering—Zeus; Late Kettle—Hallertau From: Paso Robles, CA Brewery’s Note: “One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, … Continue reading 2014 Parabola (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Revisting: 2012 Expedition Stout (Bell’s Brewery)

Style: American Russian Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV O.G.: 1.11 Bottled On: 10/22/12 From: Kalamazoo, MI Brewer’s Note: “One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of … Continue reading Revisting: 2012 Expedition Stout (Bell’s Brewery)

Blatant Imperial Stout (Blatant Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 9.0% ABV 75 IBU’s 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 … Continue reading Blatant Imperial Stout (Blatant Brewing Company)

Grande Noirceur (Brasserie Dieu du Ciel)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 9.0% ABV From: St- Jerome Quebec, Canada Brewer’s Note: “The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is an intense and dense black beer with strong roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of malted, caramel notes. The high alcohol content is well integrated and discreet, well suited to this beer’s complex nature./ This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness … Continue reading Grande Noirceur (Brasserie Dieu du Ciel)

Revisiting: 2013 Founders Imperial Stout (Founders Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV 90 IBU’s Brewer’s Note: “Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.” It’s snowing fat drops of cold fury outside, and I have decided to … Continue reading Revisiting: 2013 Founders Imperial Stout (Founders Brewing Company)