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Stone Imperial Russian Stout

by Nannette Eaton on August 15, 2009

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. — Anton Chekhov

The beer that thinks it’s a wine.  When I first tasted Stone Imperial Russian Stout, I nearly fell-over, literally.  I finished my glass, and stood up on very shaky legs.  This stout has a wine-worthy alcohol content of 10.5%.  Not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure!  But if you’re daring, the payoff is well worth it.  This is a rich and creamy brew, that at first glance you think “Guinness.”  But that comparison falls to the wayside after the first sip.  This is a delicious quaff with notes of dusk, earth, smoke and chocolate.  Unless you are planning on drinking your meal, we suggest pairing with Pasta with Porcini Mushroom Sauce.  We picked a 22 oz bottle up at Santa Fe Liquor for $5.50 USD.

The music pairing is “Gotta Believe” from San Diego band Get Back Loretta from the album Over the Wall.  Hi Kevin!  They also have a new album Where Did You Go available.  You gotta believe us, have the Wine Harlots lead you astray?