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Four Peaks Winter Wobbler 2008: Sirius Black Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer: Four Peaks Brewing Company (AB-InBev)
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content: 9.5%
Seasonal: Special

Sirius Black is a much stronger, bolder stout which was originally brewed for the Czar, Peter the Great. More specifically for his wife Catherine, who fell in love with the style on a state visit to England. It had to be brewed strong to last the sea and overland travel to St. Petersburg plus it was to be aged like a wine. We’ve taken some liberties with the traditional recipe and added three pounds of licorice root as well as five pounds of Indian Monsooned Malabar coffee, which was home-roasted by Melissa. The intention was not to make a “licorice and coffee” beer but merely to add even more complexity to an already very complex beer. Sirius Black has an intense roasted malt/coffee aroma with flavors of burnt toffee and caramel as well as a slight alcoholic “heat” (9.5% alcohol). It has an almost opaque color from the kilned malts used topped by a dark tan head. The body of the beer is also remarkable in its almost oily consistency giving it a creamy mouthfeel. This recipe was a collaborative effort from all of the brewers at Four Peaks.

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