Stouts are not terribly common among Italian artisanal brewers, let alone imperial stouts, but this one makes a solid case for more attention to be paid to the style. Opaque, deep black in color, the nose offers intense and attractive aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, espresso and bread pudding that suggest it will be a flavorful and powerful sip. The palate doesn't disappoint, following through with similar notes alongside additional hints of vanilla, caramel, molasses and oaky spice. There's a definite bitterness to the mouthfeel, though it's not as assertive as one might expect for the style, and is harmonized within the smooth, creamy texture. Lingering notes of strong coffee and cocoa powder lend a subtle bitter impression to the close. B. United International, Inc.
Russian Imperial Stout
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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
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