Last night I took a 750ml bottle of my Rasputin Raspberry Imperial Brown Ale, that I made on 2/8/15, along to the monthly Brewstore brew club meeting. The theme of the evening was ‘High ABV beers’- not a good portent for a productive Friday next day!
This is a rich, chocolately 7.5% brown ale that had 2Kg of garden raspberries added for a couple of weeks after primary fermentation. At 14 months of maturation it has mellowed really nicely and I love it.
Highly carbonated, but little foam to gush, and head disappeared almost immediately. Nose of raspberries, some roastiness, some marmite. Taste, similar but also chocolate, really nice! Looks completely flat, but actually explodes in the mouth – lovely mouthfeel. Amazing how well the fruit is lasting. Long finish of fruit, roasted malts, and a slight tartness. All really nicely integrated.
It went down really well, and it won the popular vote for the best high ABV beer of the night. 🙂