Has anyone else tried this?
Wow what a beer. I tried it a couple weeks ago, and I was curious as to others' thoughts?
I can say this, the 1st glass was intense. Very heavy thick beer that rivals the oldest of engine oils. Each drink was riddled with flavors that were aggressive but not competing. The flavors seemed to shift through the drink, and while the transition was smooth it was always distinct.
A strange feeling I got from the beer was that of the body warmth similar to bourbon or whiskey. Not really important, just something I distinctly noticed.
I'm not personally a fan of anise, but with drinks from the first glass it seemed to belong. I find that is a critical part of describing any food or drink that is well designed.
The second glass was a challenge. That's really the best way I can explain it. The first glass had so much going on that I wasn't ready for the 2nd. Unless you absolutely love Imperial Russian Stouts, I'd say this beer is best shared with a friend. At 22 oz, 11%, and the weight of Thanksgiving dinner, share the love.
Last thing. On the bottle they recommended getting a case and trying it over the course of the year which I know Russian Imperial Stouts develop over significant time. I'd love to try this, but I just don't feel like shelling out $100 or however much a case would cost and I don't have friends that could handle this beer and appreciate it to share with .