Brewed by Jester King Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Serve at 50-55°
Availability: Year round
Enjoyed from a snifter
Notes: English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.
A: Pours a “none more black” that light cannot penetrate. A thin mocha head left minimal lacing.
S: Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, rich esters, and a little smoke. Dank and funky. Smells like Opeth’s dressing room.
T: Whoa. The malty roasted flavors take full control of the front end of this fully opaque brew. Smoky notes crop up in the middle, followed by coca, espresso, black licorice, muted vanilla, spicy notes and a familiar Belgian flavor. Acidity is my only gripe. More complex than Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye”.
M: Medium bodied; I expected a little more viscosity. Oily, sticky, and insistent that you remember what you just consumed.
O: An amazing fusion of flavors and styles. Being a huge metalhead, I love the name and artwork. RIS fans must try this.
Try pairing this with a little Deafheaven.