Russian Imperial Stout circa 1850 (for Peter Freuchen)

Straight out of the old brewer’s records (thanks to Ron Pattinson’s work), this is what Russian Imperial Stout tasted like back in the day. Unlike the candy bar flavored stouts that are all the rage today, this stout is very…adult. Brewed with only pale, brown and black malt, the flavor is packed with bittersweet chocolate and Italian amaro…the finish is bone dry with a firm bitterness.

Like a young bordeaux this is delicious now but will be fabulous with a year or two of aging.