Beer Review: STONE CHAI-SPICED IMPERIAL RUSSIAN STOUT

Beer Review: STONE CHAI-SPICED IMPERIAL RUSSIAN STOUT

Stone Brewing Co. introduces a daring twist to their classic Imperial Russian Stout with the infusion of chai spiciness. The amalgamation of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, and black pepper collides with the Stout’s established chocolate, coffee, and licorice notes, propelling it into uncharted realms. This 2015-exclusive venture adds an intriguing layer to the already deep, dark, roasty, and inherently satisfying beer.

Appearance

The liquid, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, presents itself as nearly black with minimal head action. Its impenetrable darkness prohibits any intrusion of light, giving it a notably thick appearance.

Aroma

A delightful chai spice dominates the olfactory experience, accompanied by hints of oatmeal raisin cookie that surprisingly overshadow the roast and hops. Subtle notes of lavender hand soap/oil contribute to the aromatic complexity.

Taste

The flavor profile unfolds with prominent chai tea elements, underscored by the assertive presence of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. The intensity might be overwhelming for some, and while a slight hop kick is detected, its contribution remains uncertain.

Mouthfeel

The texture is characterized by a rough, drying sensation, accompanied by astringency and a prickly carbonation, creating a tactile experience that may polarize enthusiasts.

Overall

In staying true to its promise, this beer genuinely delivers the CHAI-SPICED experience advertised. However, the treatment proves to be overpowering for this reviewer, detracting from the beloved characteristics of the Classic Imperial Russian Stout, particularly in its fresh iteration. The bold infusion, while commendable, may not resonate with those seeking a more traditional stout experience.