Feral Boris Imperial Stout

Total Score: 8.2/10 Coffee1 Smoke1 Wood1 Nonicpint1

Time comrade for Boris Russian Imperial Stout, because in Russia [insert silly pun about beer drinking you]. I’ve got to hand it to Feral though, managing to pump out consistently great beers when so many other big craft brewers are bringing ever more so wishy-washy brews to the table, Feral still make the best daily drinking IPA in Hop Hog, of which The Durham has received a big new shipment of (for all you Canberranites). Na Zdoróvʹje!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Black as Robert Smith(ala The Cure)’s hair pre-concert with a nice bold, 1cm khaki head. Certainly looks the RI-Shit. 9/10.

S: You know that funky rotting carcass smell – this has it. Along with roasted coffee beans, hints of smoke and campfire wood. An intriguing proposition from Feral then. I’m weirdly drawn to the funkiness of this aroma, it’s like driving past a car crash, you have to look. 7/10 (really the funk is a little off-putting though).

T: The rotting carcass, roasted coffee bean, smoke and wood collide in a wickedly tasty brew, I have a feeling Jesus or Ghandi is sipping at a glass of this right now and nodding their head in silent approval. It is pure flavour indulgence and an interesting take on a RIS to boot! That rotting carcass is actually a decomposing vegetable matter flavour (when you think about it fundamentally all organic life breaks down into dirt, as such rotting carcass and compost are similar, in this sense). The finish is earthy and slightly bitter, a perfect foil for the sweet mid-palate. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light and syrupy carbonation. 7/10.

D: It’s a sipper, and a damn good one at that! Although the aroma funk is initially off-putting as soon as you take that first sip you’re won over by the kaleidoscope of Russian Imperial Stout flavours going on – Like. A. Champ. That said it’s no FBS (Founder’s Breakfast Stout – Doc’s favourite Stout), it lacks overall cohesion due to the craziness going on in Flavourton, and it is a little too sweet… oh yeah and nothing beats “Founder’s body” for a heady mouthfeel, but this is a great stab nonetheless. 8/10.

Food match: I would suggest something in the vein (no pun intended) of roast pork with crackling – the richness (and sweetness) of pork a good meat to compliment this brew. Just don’t blame me when you end up with gout.

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