Russian Imperial Stout Weather


Winter is coming. It’s not as bright at 6am as it was a month ago (which means I’m stay in bed longer!) and there’s a chill in the air. The colder weather has reminded me that there’s some deep, dark and downright dangerous beers that are waiting to find a home in my fridge/belly.

This impulse struck me just the other day after having a gorgeous afternoon at Cowaramup Brewing. My partner and I got home and sunk into a very lazy evening, still full from lunch and incapable of doing much at all.

As I lazily typed away on my computer I had the urge to sip on a rich, dark beer. Luckily I had such a beer in the fridge – North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. I had found it at Zinn’s Liquor in Dunsborough where they’ve got a few shelves of great craft beer.

The night was cold and a little rainy, I jumped up from my chair and put on my hoodie and cracked open this beautiful beer …

I sipped on this for a long time, could have been over an hour, and it was perfect for my relaxed mood. I loved the rich and dusty mouth feel with a lengthy palate. The flavours of dark chocolate, you know that proper, real chocolate taste, as well as red berries, licorice and white pepper.

After what seems like a beautifully eternal summer here in WA filled with lots of pale ales and IPAs, drinking more stouts just went pretty high on my to-do-list.


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