A bottle of Imperial Russian Stout from 2009 was beckoning. Earlier this year I had a 2010 bottle that I split with Chuck. The 2009 bottle proved to me that the 2010 bottle should have been aged another year before partaking.
By comparison the 2009 bottle had lost a lot of residual sugars becoming drier. The molasses and cloying nature of the 2010 version was gone, creating an easier beer to drink, raising my level of appreciation. The smokiness that I picked up in the 2010 vintage seemed to turn more to an ashy flavor that came late in the taste. That would be the only change that I didn’t really care for in the older vintage. Enjoy!
Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.4
Useless Fact: President John Tyler had fifteen children.