Sunday, December 11, 2011

Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

I picked up a bottle of Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout at the Lancaster location on my last visit. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan head. The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toasted malts. The taste is full-bodied chocolate, mixing both dark and milk chocolate, with some toasted malts. There are hints of lemon and orange in the background, but the are quickly overtaken by molasses. The finish brings out some vanilla and cream before a coffee and espresso after taste dries out the mouth a bit. The alcohol content is 9.5% ABV. I completely understand how this beer won a gold medal, as it is wonderfully balanced, but focuses heavily on the chocolate and coffee flavors.

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