Moody Ales has stepped out of their usual packaging choices and into a 375ml bottle for their new Russian Imperial Stout. This rare, but preferred packaging is a refreshing sight among the bombers of 10+% alcohol beer on the local shelves. Pouring this beer it is nearly black in colour and has one finger of head that is very dark in colour and dense leaving thick lacing on the glass. An aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon hits the nose and is quite balanced. The Bourbon notes are distinct but mellow leaving room for notes of toffee to come through as well. The body is thick, creamy and the flavour is lightly boozy. A higher than expected carbonation leads into the molasses-oak tones that lead the way. Bourbon comes through in a mild way along side chocolate and toffee tones. Moody Ales’ Russian Imperial may be 11% but it is very smooth, mellow and hides its strength very well. For the first go at such a beer, Moody Ales is right on the button!
Alcohol – 11.0%
Size – 375ml Bottle