This classic oak-aged stout is always a highly sought-after selection when it's released each winter, thanks to its decadent roasty character, warming alcohol level and remarkable overall balance. It's a complex and flavorful brew, with assertive aromas and flavors of roasted malt, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, charred oak, dried black cherry, Raisinets, black pepper and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is full and round, with a resinous hop slick that lingers through the warm close. A perfect cold-weather sipper that can be enjoyed now, or cellared through 2018.
Russian Imperial Stout
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).