PROFUNDITY. Russian Imperial Stout executed with Belgian attention to sweetness and lingering complexity. One shade from black with a small, deeply tan film of a head. Virtually the same attenuation proportions (OG: 1.1105 FG: 1.027) as the Omnipollo Brygd (1.1 and 1.025) tasted before it, but turned up a notch and with a vastly different character. Mouthful verges upon cloying with a complex interplay of dark chocolates, residual malts, treacle, and an earthy thickness reminiscent of mushrooms and soy. Some alcohol prickle in the nose, but relatively little in the flavor (11% ABV). Its double-aging in fresh charred barrels as well as Wild Turkey gives its barrel flavors a layered quality almost akin to hop durations in a boil. IBU of 100, with only two Czech hops (Premiant and Saaz) to get there. Only role of these two is to undergird the mother lode of biscuity, chocolate, and potently smoky flavors up front. A stout that manages to avoid dramatic fruit intensity without tasting ashy or brackish, but one does wonder whether a note or two of fig might have been the coup de grace. Described by the brewery itself as their best beer, and with instructions to “enjoy within 25 years.” Indeed, if this is its recent bottling, a five-year vintage might very upon overwhelming.
Served: 12 oz bottle (courtesy of Ølbutikken)