Tasting: March 9, 2013
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 444
Yesterday, we had about eight inches of snow. It really was a beautiful snow — the kind that coats every last branch of every tree. But like a lot of late winter snowfalls, any trace has nearly vanished by this afternoon. Maybe I’m jinxing it – but I think winter has loosened its grip on us and the warmer days are just ahead. With the temperatures finally cracking sixty, I have case of spring fever. We set the clocks ahead tonight and I’m ready to fire up the grill for tonight’s dinner. For me, winter only exists to help me appreciate our warmer months.
Another sure fire sign of spring is the arrival of girl scout cookies. I bought cookies from a friend — and they should arrive any day now — but a local troop was selling boxes at the Pathmark and I bought a couple of boxes. I’m enjoying this stout with my favorite — thin mints. My wife and kids love Samoas so I have these mints all to myself. Despite the crisp mint flavor, I’m able to discern this as being an old school stout. Not much in the way of coffee and dark chocolate — just pure roasted grain flavor. Has a rich mouthfeel – probably from the 10% ABV but this is certainly a perfect compliment to the cookies. My lips are sticky from this very nice offering from Otter Creek — 88 points.