Stone Imperial Russian Stout

What a great surprise. A sweet, delicious, thick treacle like beer that drank superbly and left an amazing feeling of well being and satisfaction.
Poured into a Westmalle chalice to reveal a thick, inky blackness that has yet to be matched by just about anything I can remember pouring – except black ink! Small tan head that left quickly to leave a classic, spotty cream film over the surface of the beer. Looks like a small oil slick in the glass!
An interesting juxtaposition of complex notes and apparent simplicity. Some molasses, but it’s on the sweet side rather than the burned side; a touch of caramel as well.
The surprise about the whole brew to me is the lack of bitterness and the upfront sweetness. I was a expecting a much harsher, drier experience. Lots of sugar molasses and a wonderfully controlled ABV. Great brewing!
Thanks to meathookjones.

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12/24/2004
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.5 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.65
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