As the warm summer days leave us for near-freezing nights, our palates begin to desire something more. Enter Jolly Russian: Odell Brewing Company’s rum barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Pouring pitch black with a timid chocolate head, this stout prepares the taste buds with a rich and roasted aroma of coffee, bitter cocao, spiced rum and vanilla that mingle together surprisingly well. Upon first sip, bold flavors of milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee soak the palate with a stratum of rum flavor that interweves itself throughout the beer rather than standing apart. As the beer warms, more delicate flavors of coconut, dried fig, and toffee come to surface along with spiced rum and tannic oak flavors that lead to a dry, roasted finish. At a dangerously drinkable 13.3% ABV, paired with the sublties of the barrel from the esteemed Mount Gay Distilleries, you’ll want to store one of these in the cellar until next year to see how the beer develops with time. Come in today and pick up a 12-ounce bottle of Jolly Russian today. Cheers!
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