Oh Boris!

Boris is rich, dark and oh-so-smooth. You should totally go and hook up with Boris.

Boris isn’t a very sexy name. It doesn’t conjure up images of an oiled, big muscle man or even a well dressed gentlemen who’ll open the door for you. However I’ll happily say that Boris is smooth, definitely sexy and just downright tasty.

I’m clearly talking about beer and you’ve probably figured out that it’s Feral Brewing’s Russian Imperial Stout “Boris”. Normally only available on tap at their Swan Valley brewery it is the latest beer to receive the bottling treatment as part of their Brewpub Series. A limited release of kegs also ventured into the outside world. I have been lucky enough to have both in my own backyard … well, within an hours drive anyway.

Feral Russian Imperial Stout Boris

Bottle

I snatched up a bottle from Cape Cellars in Busselton, the only liquor store in town when I’ve found good craft beer. They have super nice staff too so if you’ve not been in you really need to change that.

Tap

Good ol’ Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough. I don’t just say that because I used to work there but because, like all the Clancy’s, their tap beers are craft-beer-tastic. Right now they are pouring Boris but be careful, at % abv Boris won’t be nice to you if you are the designated driver. As a fellow customer at the bar said to me, “Boris is a bad man”. You bet your ass he is!

I didn’t detect any difference between tap and bottle Boris, both tasting super fresh. I stuck my nose in, had a big whiff and got chocolate cake and a little caramel. Boris tastes roasty, that’s a strange way to start a sentence, with some licorice and a malty dry finish. Boris is rich, dark and oh-so-smooth. You should totally go and hook up with Boris.

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.

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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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