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Tuesday
Jul162013

SAIL & ANCHOR JACK TAR IMPERIAL STOUT

Sail & Anchor Jack Tar Imperial Stout. When I saw this at the bottlo I was tempted to keep walking.

Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) have become synonymous with winter beer, but it’s also a favourite among craft beer lovers. Don’t mess with it. If you dare bring out an RIS prepare to be scrutinised by a horde of beer nerds that are ready to tear your cynical “limited edition” mass-produced swill to pieces. Particularly when it’s from the same mob that produces the undrinkable Dry Dock Lager.

Appearance wise it looks like the real deal - jet black, coffee-coloured head with a moderate caramel and dark malt aroma. Full bodied, perhaps a little lighter than usual, smooth with spot on carbonation. Starts with a milk chocolate and sweet caramel flavour followed by a moderately bitter roasted malt (coffee) flavour. It’s got that bitter sweet thing going on. It’s quite strong at 9.5% ABV. The high alcohol content makes it taste sweeter than it probably is. But the high ABV is well hidden and it’s highly drinkable.

While it lacks the complexity of a really good RIS it’s much better than I expected. It provides a bridge between commercial dark ales and the best imperial stouts.

 

7/10

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