1111. John Harvard's Russian Imperial Stout

1111. John Harvard's Russian Imperial Stout

Jadyn and I had dinner at John Harvard's at some point in early to mid January. I had their Russian Imperial Stout with dinner.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: John Harvard's Brew House
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Tap
Style: Russian Imperial Stout, BJCP Style Guide

John Harvard's Russian Imperial Stout pours a deep, opaque black with slight ruby tints. It's topped by a sudsy, brown head that fades down to a persistent, sudsy ring. There's a deep, malty aroma with notes of chocolate, molasses, toffee, roast, a bit of dark fruit and alcohol.

There are sweet notes of chocolate upfront that move into a molasses character in the center, which carries into a spicy, sharp alcoholic finish that's sweet, and is cut by a roasted bitterness. This RIS is a full-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

This beer is a tad sweet and spicy. It's a sipper.