Trading Post x Full Barrel – Sessionable Russian Imperial Stout

Overview

Trading Post x Full Barrel – Sessionable Russian Imperial Stout Review

Langley’s Full Barrel Brew Club etched their name in BC Brewing history when they became the first, and to date the only, amateur winner of the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Society’s Winter Pro-Am event in January 2017. This was the club’s debut event. Those that were fortunate enough to be present will never forget the amazingly rich Maple Barrel Imperial Stout that took home amateur gold. Now, Full Barrel has collaborated with their local brewery, Trading Post Brewing, to create a unique newly bottled stout.

The beer poured black in colour with a rocky head. Completely opaque, it was too black to see through, even with a flashlight.

On the nose, we got holiday cake; some currants, brown sugar. However it’s not overly sweet; on the palate we found it drier than your typical “Christmas Cake” beer. Like most highly alcoholic beers there is a strong peppery sensation.

 

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4.1

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Black
  • Head Size & Retention: Big/rocky head/serious lace
  • Carbonation: Full Bodied
  • Clarity: Too black to see through, even with a light
  • Balance: Very Malty
  • Drinkability: As the name implies, this is more 'Sessionable' than some RISs. However it's hard to imagine ordering pitcher after pitcher of this.
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Coffee or Chocolate, Dark Fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, black currants), Toasty/Roasty, Licorice
  • Palate: Peppery/Highly Alcoholic

Summary

Full Barrel Brew Club etched their name in BC Brewing history when they became the first, and to date the only, amateur winner of the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Society’s Winter Pro-Am event in January 2017. This much more recent beer from Trading Post Brewing is a collab that is similarly creative.

Pros

  • Not overly sweet
  • As the name implies, this is more ‘Sessionable’ than some RISs.

Cons

  • Still not a “session” beer. Hard to imagine ordering pitcher after pitcher of this.

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