Our 51th Blind Tasting!
L-R: Lari "Smiley" Cowgill, Owen Ogletree and Don Beistle
Larry Johnson writes the "beer styles"
column for Southern Brew News.
Ogletree (director of Brewtopia Events LLC) gathered together fellow
beer lovers Don "Dr. Brewski" Beistle, Larry Johnson, Lari Cowgill,
Dean Graves and Sachin Patel on October 25, 2007 at Aromas
in Athens, GA
to sample and comment on several excellent Imperial Stouts from around
This sampling was done as a "best of show" blind tasting where no one
was aware of the brands that were being served. Products were
commented upon and ranked according to Beer
Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines. First,
third place, and honorable mentions were awarded to the products we
this style in extraordinary fashion. Drop Owen an email to share your
Russian Imperial Stout Style Description (BJCP.org)
Aroma: Fruity esters, reminiscent of dark fruit, merged with intense roastiness and maltiness. Hop aroma is usually also present.
Appearance: Very dark reddish-black color; opaque.
Flavor: Intensely fruity and malty, backed up by balancing roastiness and prominent hop bitterness and flavor. A "burnt currant" character may be present, along with a suggestion of cocoa or strong coffee. Alcoholic strength should be evident, along with a deep, complex malt flavor. The finish can vary from relatively dry to moderately sweet, usually with some lingering roastiness and warming character.
Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied and rich, with intense flavors and perceptible alcohol presence. Carbonation is relatively low.
Overall Impression: An intensely flavorful beer. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a notable alcohol presence. Dark fruit melds with roasty, burnt, almost tar-like sensations.
History: Said to be popular with the Russian Imperial Court.
Reserve Old Engine Oil
Leg Imperial Stout
Force Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout
Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout
Founders Brewing Company - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Imperial Stout bourbon barrel aged
Aroma: Ash tray, wet wood, musty, earthy.
Appearance: Black in color with no head at all.
Flavor: Charred wood, ashy, burnt tobacco, wet charcoal. Cellar-like flavors are very earthy. Some vanilla notes are present. Balance is toward slightly unpleasant burnt flavors.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
North Coast Brewing Co. - Fort Bragg, CA, USA
Aroma: Light citrusy hops, fruity notes. Hint of pencil shavings. Mild aromas of chocolate.
Appearance: Very black with nice stand of light tan foam.
Flavor: Starts with a hint of sweetness and then ends with somewhat dry finish. Dark chocolate notes are nice. Coffee liqueur hints are present as well. There are also mocha notes. A pleasing stout.
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