The Russian Imperial Stout is a special beer, one usually highly regarded amongst traditional Ale drinkers and Craft Beer lovers. Crimea River is no exception, it’s a rich dark colour, insanely high in Alcohol and each sip is like disassembling a Russian Doll; something different and more delicate underneath.
These powerhouse stouts were created in London and shipped to Russian and Baltic states in the early 1800s. This was all part of the anglicisation of Russia under Tsar Catherine, AKA Catherine The Great. She saw that British beer was good and wanted it as the cream atop the Russian Wedding Cake, so to speak, for the high classes.
Much like the story of IPA, strong beer travelled long distances better, ergo the Russian Imperial Stout was born. It’s popularity was also said to be due to the warming affects of a strong dark beer, and the strength being akin with popular spirits of the time.
So Crimea River is special to us at Fallen Acorn, it was one of our first pilot brews, it was the beer patrons kept asking for over and over and it was requested for the Great British Beer Festival in 2018 so we jumped on the opportunity to begin barrel aging, the perfect beer for Oak Whisky Barrels, am I right? Despite the ABV, Crimea River doesn’t have that sharp Alcohol burn flavour, the dark malts combined with the oak aging deliver notes of Vanilla, velvet Chocolate and full-bodied malty goodness. Show Less