SA Fox Hat “Full Mongrel” Limited
Russian Imperial Stout - 10%
For those not familiar with this style, it was traditionally a dark beer brewed in England with a high alcohol content. This was done to prevent it freezing when transported to the Baltic countries, where it was particularly a favourite in Russia, and even more so in the Imperial Court - hence Russian Imperial Stout.
Fox Hat have done very well to soften the alcoholic edge a RIS will often have whilst young. Oatmeal has been used to mellow the flavour, but more importantly, give a silky-smooth mouthfeel.
Pouring black (obviously) and holding a thick tan head, the nose is dark chocolate, coffee, toast and caramel - all of the great “dark beer” smells.
Stylistically low in carbonation, this beer fills the mouth with flavour. Molasses, roasted coffee, liquorice, and a hint of dried fruit and chocolate sweetness. There is a heavy bitterness (it packs 100 IBU’s - absolutely the top of the scale) which tends to sit in the background as the other flavours balance well to take the edge off.
A beautifully smooth beer. Undeniably heavy to drink, but think of it as a sipper on a cold evening - you’re not smashing 22 of these in the sun at the cricket. I’m yet to experience a better Australian RIS - SA Is very lucky to have it, and it should only get better if stored correctly for a few years.
Where to buy
Limited numbers can be found around town:
Belair Fine Wines
The HWY Bottleshop
Largs Pier Hotel Bottleshop
Website: Fox Hat Brewing
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