This is one of my favorite winter stouts, a real foreign stout. A foreign stout was a high test export ready stout created to survive a sail. Imperial Stouts, dry and roasty at pushing 10%, were originally created for the Baltic trade between England and the northern Slavs in the late 1700s and early 1800s. This sweeter and, at 6.6%, not so incredibly strong style was for the Caribbean trade. It is a little odd to describe - like a Coke meeting a cold mug of cocoa. There must be some lactose in the brew, an unfermentable sugar found in milk that leaves a sweet malty creamy base over and through which the moderate hops cut. Very pleasant.
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