Brewery: Beer Studio
I’ve said it before and I will say it again I love imperial stout. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20s that I really started to appreciate them more and now I can’t get enough of their lovely, intense flavours. As Beer Studio were our guests at the dark beer tasting, I instantly knew that I would be taking in their Sputnik Krisis for the night. I enjoyed it when it was first released a few years ago, and so I was happy when they announced it was returning.
Deep chocolate brown to black as you would expect with nearly any imperial stout. There was little to no head that formed but it was obvious that it had a very thick body when poured. The aroma was sweet, thick and heavy, combining coffee, treacle, chocolate and dates wonderfully. There was also a noticeable warmth emanating from the glass, which is to be expected with a 10% imperial stout. These all followed through into the taste, with the sweet molasses hitting the taste buds first. This sweetness then subdued to leave a burnt coffee and leather taste on the palate. The high alcohol content warmed the throat and chest and the heavy body coated every inch of the mouth to leave it dry yet cozy.
This was a nice imperial stout that worked exceptionally well with dark chocolate. Although a bit on the pricey side, it is wonderful to have such a lovely stout being locally produced. If you ever seen this on the shelves you could do a lot wore than to pick up a can. Trying this is a cold winter night whilst paired with some tiramisu could be a match made in heaven. Lovely!