Sunday, January 30, 2011
Left Hand Imperial Stout
Described as a "black beer to brighten your day" this is an imposing unfiltered Russian Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO) that really packs a wallop at 10.20% ABV. Not as pitch black as other RIS, this has a definite sweet smell that carries over into the taste. Licorice, molasses, chocolate all present and a surprising unusual sweetness that I found hard to place (perhaps from the alcohol or flaked oats?). Their description is spot-on -"A variety of intensely roasted malts and the aggressive use of hops temper the pleasant sweetness of the beer". This is a nice full bodied sipping beer that I highly recommend. Pick-up the "Mountain Mixer" Sampler 12 pack, it's a bit pricier (around $17.99) than some but well worth it (and hard to find), comes with 3 bottles each of Milk Stout, Sawtooth Ale, Imperial Stout and 400 Pound Monkey.