Perseverance Ale ~ Russian Imperial Stout
Jason said that unless I gave a review for this stout he sent me as my Secret Santa, he'd go wake up the bears and feed them my Kindle. Or something. So, here we go:
Brewed with tree blood (birch syrup) and bee vomit (fireweed honey), rocking 9% alc/vol and being 651 ml (1 pint, 6 fluid ounces for you backwards types) I half expected it to taste like black bread soaked in an idustrial grade solvent, on account of the history of russian imperial stouts - that is to say, being consumed by russians.
I'm not really a stout drinker either, but that might change: it was actually quite a nice stout - in my limited experience.
I don't know what birch sap really tastes like, but I assume that was what I was picking up a hint of each time I drank. There was also a slight honey aftertaste to it. I shared a glass of it with my dad on Christmas day. Not a very verbose man at the best of times, he informed me it was "quite good" and finished the whole glass in short order, so I'm going to take that as absolute approval from someone who knows more about stout than me.
Apparently it isn't really a summer drink (the court of Catherine the Great not exactly being known for beach volley-ball) but since we were having a pretty cool spell for a change I don't think it mattered. That being said when winter hits here I'll add stouts to the shopping list next year.
If you can raise the king's ransom necessary to import beverages from Alaska, you should probably investigate the Alaskan Brewing Co.
~ Fin ~