Siberian NightMarch 1, 2007
Available: IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, OH, PA
On the color scale, somewhere between black and very deep chocolate brown, topped with an earthy tan. On the sensual scale — over the top. The nose is like the aroma of a good coffee shop — soul satisfying. On the tongue, it is round and comforting, with a velvety mouthfeel of luscious roasted malts. Underlying the flavor is a sense of strength demanding hearty foods, like grass-fed beef stroganoff, wild seafood gumbo or a ripe Stilton and walnuts.
- Charles Finkel
The aroma is as intense as the menacing green eyes staring at you from the label, a blast of roasting coffee beans mixed with warming alcohol, followed by caramel and burnt toffee. Full bodied, a bit tar-like, rich and sweet, with the slightest impression of dark fruit. Bracing hops set up a solid bitter/cocoa finish. This batch was brewed last May and will likely taste more complex with age, when this substantial combination of flavors begins to further overlap.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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