Swan’s Brewery – Black Swan Russian Imperial Stout

Swans Brewery Black Swan Russian Imperial Stout Review


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3.9 out of 5


  • Brewery: Swans Brewpub
  • Beer Style: Imperial Stout
  • Pros:

    Balanced and smooth Russian Imperial Stout that is a tad lighter than some

  • Cons:

    A touch undercarbonated

  • Conclusion:

    A big flavoured, and intense beer that has surprising balance between bourbon oak, caramel, and light cherry tones.

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Swan’s, or Buckerfield Brewery has bottled a big and strong Russian Imperial Stout called the Black Swan. The bomber bottle is labeled with a rather elagent, metallic label that looks great. The beer pours from the bottle nearly black in colour and is topped with a very thin layer of dark brown head that settles leaving light lacing behind on the glass. On the nose the Black Swan has notes of Bourbon-Oak, caramel, chocolate and molasses. The body is lightly carbonated and fairly thick. The flavour is big with toasted malts in a rich, lightly smokey package. Molasses tones join a light cherry note with the bourbon-oak tones coming in slightly later. The Black Swan is big and intense but at 8.5% it is not the roundhouse-kick that some similarly categorized beers can be. The flavour is intense but still has a balance to its complex profile and makes for a smooth and very enjoyable winter sipper. The Black Swan doesn’t find its way far outside of Victoria so you may need to plan a trip before this beer sells out.

Alcohol – 8.5%
Size – 650ml bottle
Only available at the Swans Brewpub


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  1. Mike
    Mike 10 April, 2016, 19:31

    That sounds awesome. Did you find it on the mainland?

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