Monday, February 11, 2013
Beer Here - Kremlin Crude
On a recent trip, I was perusing their walk-in refrigerated beer cellar (yes, they have one of those) when I noticed a bottle I had never seen before. It had an oil tower spouting oil behind a serious looking guy in overalls who was raising a glass of liquid to the sky. The name on the bottle read "Kremlin Crude."
Sold! I didn't have to see which brewery made it (turns out it's made by a Danish gypsy brewery called Beer Here), I didn't have to read any specs about it (it's a 10% Russian Imperial Stout, I suppose somewhat predictably), I just needed to buy it. When a label is as good as this one, it just has to be picked up.
Kremlin Crude pours a dark brown color with an absolute toad of a khaki colored head. The head took a full ten minutes to go down to the point that I could take a sip. The smell was nice and dark, with notes of peat, dark roasted coffee, root beer, burnt wood, anise and unsweetened baking chocolate. I thought I smelled a bit of oil as well, but that may have been my imagination running with the name.
The taste opened on a note of wet earth and peat, with a good amount of smoke showing. Soon after, those tastes were replaced by notes of tootsie roll and chocolate cake. The finish brought some chocolate covered espresso bean, roasted malt, and a soft but bitter charred note. The mouthfeel was medium and slightly slick, but didn't give away any of the 10% ABV. My instinct for bottle design sometimes lead me in weird directions. In this case, I'm glad it led me to this beer.
Final Grade: B+
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