Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout, 7.5% ABV –650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

from the Longwood website:

“Launch your tastebuds into the stratosphere with Stoutnik, Longwood Brewery’s innovative Russian Imperial Stout. A combination of roasted barley, chocolate and black barley gives this beer a rich, complex malty flavour that withstands orbital re-entry at any velocity. Stay ahead of the curve–rocket your way to the bold taste of Stoutnik.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: sweet/sour/syrupy/creamy -> ROASTED MALTS/coffee/chocolate -> roasted bitterness/sour/hoppy bitter malted finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Careful… this one is a gusher, even if you just tilt it briefly past 45°. Pours with deep brown-black with a gigantic long-lasting foamy head, tons of lacing, good retention, some micro bubbly activity along the side of the glass.

Nose: roasted burnt malts, coffee and wood. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sweet-sour sensation, syrupy-creamy texture

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted malts, roast coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: roasted bitterness, mild sourness, medium hoppy bitter malted finish.

Summary: A decent brew for a good price. It even drinks okay when at room temp. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)