It was Friday night and I decided to invite the boys over for some beers and cigars to kick off the weekend. I supplied the stogies and my buddies brought the brews. Founders Imperial Stout was the featured brew and I was all in. I toasted my Alec Bradley Prensado, an awesome cigar by the way, while my buddy cracked open my stout and poured her into a pint glass for me.
This stout was gorgeous upon the pour. She was jet black in color, like a starless night sky in the middle of Tennessee with about a two inch mocha-colored head that released every temptation imaginable. Its amorous aroma of dark roast coffee and subtle sweet chocolate permeated the air uncontrollably before a cascade of fruit interrupted the dance. It is definitely the best smelling non-BA imperial stout that I have ever inhaled.
When I finally worked up the nerve to taste this foxy dame, I fell in love. It was as smooth as silk as it saturated my palate with bursts of rich toasty flavors of oak and coffee until cocoa finally joined the party by politely squeezing its way in. As she gently slid down my throat, she left behind creamy hints of malty chocolate and roasted coffee to leave me yearning for my next gulp. This stout is thick and creamy, just the way I like it.
It is an outstanding beer to say the least. It offers a remarkable combination of amorous aromas and delectable flavors that I instantly fell in love with. This is the quintessential example of how a master brewer can develop an awesome beer that is worth raving about. I look forward to my next date with Founders Imperial Stout because I think a little aging will do her wonders.
I consumed this irresistible stout while smoking an Alec Bradley Prensado, which was a great pair, but I also think this would go great with a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva as well.
Brewed by Founders Brewing Co. Michigan, US
Russian Imperial Stout
10.5% alcohol by volume
Availability: Winter – bottled or on tap