Brewery: Surly Brewing Company
ABV: 12%??? (as per taplist, but unsure about this as there’s really not much info)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2015 version. Seasonal bottles and kegs (released October). Malt – Pale Ale, Golden Promise, Aromatic, Chocolate, Black, Special B, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley and Flaked Oats. Hops – Warrior, Amarillo and Simcoe.
Brewer Description: (from website) This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavor; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee and toffee, finishing with a non-traditional dose of aroma hops.
My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5
Intro: A 200ml pour on draft of the 2015 version at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: It was pretty much pitch black with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla, roast and hints of dark fruit.
Taste: Dark fruit, plum, prune, chocolate, roast, vanilla and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was so good. Really nice aromas and great flavours. It’s a sipper, but the dark fruit, chocolate and caramel works well.