Iron Hill Rus­sian Im­pe­rial Stout

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LOC: Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware ABV: 9.8% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Full-bod­ied stout that starts with a com­plex, malty sweet­ness and high-roasted char­ac­ter that is won­der­fully bal­anced with the use of cit­rusy Amer­i­can hops.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Medium strong roasted malt, some choco­late notes. Low spicy hops aroma. Some light earthy notes from es­ters and ag­ing. Fruity es­ters—cherry and plum—com­bine with dried fruits from dark malt.” Fla­vor: “Sweeter and less burnt than some Rus­sian im­pe­rial stouts. Lin­ger­ing semisweet choco­late fla­vor in the af­ter­taste. Al­co­hol hides un­til you swal­low, then re­veals it­self. Fla­vors of dried raisins, choco­late, and cof­fee. Some pleas­ant ox­i­da­tion char­ac­ter, and a warm­ing fin­ish. A bit of roast as­trin­gency sticks out on the swal­low giv­ing it a husky char­ac­ter.” Over­all: “The nose promised so much, but the fla­vor didn’t quite de­liver. Too dry for the level of roast and there’s a harsh note on the swal­low.”

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