Saturday, January 5, 2008

Imperial Stout Tasting Number 2

What better tasting to conduct in mid summer than a range of Imperial Stouts?, well you didn’t think I was going to do wheat beers did you?

With the release of Pink Elephants second vintage of Rushin Imperious Stowt Adam and I decided that we would put the 2 vintages up against each other, I thought I would put out samples from the conditioning tank of the 2 batches of Merchant of the Devil as well.

Comparative tastings always seem to highlight things in the beers you are tasting that you might miss when tasting them in isolation.

Rushin Imperious Stowt 2006 10.5%abv:

Aroma features dark chocolate, bubblegum, artificial lime essence which as the beer warms in the glass almost takes on a brett character

On the palate there is sweet malt, a touch of sour acidity, a confected chocolate/caramel note, roast malt and a peppery finish.

Rushin Imperious Stowt 2007 11%abv:

Aroma features dark chocolate, a lactic milky note, black pepper, and a smoky note like sniffing a smokers jacket.

On the palate this vintage seems much sweeter than last years did when young, it certainly has more body, a caramel milkshake note blends with chocolate and a perceptible although reduced roast character.

Merchant of the Devil 2007/1 11%abv and 9.6%abv:

Aroma features an estery mix of dark fruits, plums some berry fruit, chocolate liqueur, and a bready whole grain note.

On the palate sweet malt, chocolate and dried fruit give way to a slightly acrid roasty and bitter finish.

You can find my notes for Rushin Imperious Stowt 2006 when it was young here and an account of the brewing of Merchant of the Devil here. Notes on the first Russian Imperial Stout tasting can be found here.

1 comment:

Bailey said...

You make an excellent point about comparative tasting. I think it was tasting eight or nine Koelsch's in a row that helped me and Boak to get our heads round them, and on our most recent trip to Germany we started to notice all kinds of subtleties in what, at home, we would have written off as bog-standard lagers. The other week, we tasted St Bernardus Abt 12and Westvleteren 12 together and they were very different beasts. I wonder if we'd have though the same if we'd drunk them on their own, two weeks apart?