Full Review

Whole Hog

Whole Hog
Russian Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Whole Hog
Russian Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.2%
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Interesting aromas of caramelized peas and dried fruits, nut brittle, chocolate muffin and salt water taffy, and coconut vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long mocha latte, roasted nuts and dark bread, dried fruits, and radicchio finish. A vibrant and delicious imperial stout with nice drinkability.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: caramelized peas and dried fruits, nut brittle, chocolate muffin and salt water taffy, and coconut vinaigrette
Taste Flavor: mocha latte, roasted nuts and dark bread, dried fruits, and radicchio
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Beef Kabobs, Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze, Gorgonzola
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant and delicious imperial stout with nice drinkability.

The Producer

Stevens Point Brewery

The Producer
2617 Water St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481-5248
USA
1 715-344-9310

Imperial Stout

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Serve in a Snifter
Imperial stouts are dense, opaque black in color and strong in alcohol, typically ranging from 6.5-12%. These beers usually have a note of sweetness and contain burnt cocoa and dried fruit flavors. They are stronger versions of the original stout style and were first brewed by the British to withstand the rigors of export to Russia and the Baltic states. The style was nearly extinct until its revival by the British brewer Samuel Smiths in the early 1980s. In recent years, imperial stouts have been embraced by US craft brewers and are quickly becoming staples of many brewers’ growing seasonal portfolios. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Imperial Stout, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Deschutes The Abyss and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout.