Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout 2017 – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout” 2017 Vingate.  The beer pours a jet black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and some alcohol.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit, maybe some umami, alcohol and a bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.2% with an IBU of 70.  This is a seriously big beer and right up my alley.  I wish I could have brought more of this beer back or visited the brewery while in Florida but there is only so much room in your luggage and we had to leave Florida in a hurry to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Commercial Description:  This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

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Commander Imperial Stout 2017 – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their 2017 vintage of the “Commander Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, mild coffee, ash, earth, very mild oak, alcohol and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 60.  I wish the beer had been aged in a barrel and not just on oak for 60 days as that would have taken this really tasty Imperial Stout to the next level.  But there is no doubt this is a great vintage of this beer.

FOOD PAIRINGS AS PER BREWERY:  ROAST BEAST WITH THICK GRAVY, CHOCOLATE CAKE AND ICE CREAM

Commercial Description: A DARK ROASTED STOUT FEATURING A DEEP, LAYED MALT PROFILE WITH FLAVOURS OF WHITE OAK AND WHISKEY.  AGED FOR 60 DAYS BEFORE BOTTLING.

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Singularity 2017 – Driftwood Brewing


Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing releases a very limited release Russian Imperial Stout every year in the winter months.  This beer is called “Singularity 2017”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some ash.  The flavour is of and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 13.2%.  This beer is always a winner and they have really outdone themselves this year.  If you can find this beer make sure to pick up a few bottles so you can age at least one.

Commercial Description:  Beer of infinite density. Massive, rich coffee and chocolate flavour mingle with the vanilla and dried fruit. A beer to be shared and savoured. Can be cellared. Enjoy with (or as) dessert!

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Kentucky Bastard Russian Imperial Stout – Nickel Brook


From Burlington, Ontario’s Nickel Brook brewed by Better Bitters Brewing Co. comes their “Kentucky Bastard” a bourbon barrel aged version of the Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, earth, bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, earth, ash, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 14.5% with an IBU of 70.  Not that I have had a ton of beers from Nickel Brook but I have to say that this beer is by far their best beer and I would love to have it again soon!

Commercial Description:  We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout,aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one,the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures. Cheers!

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Beer Candied Bacon (Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Moody Ales)


Beer Candied Bacon

I have had Beer candied bacon at a few bottle shares and I was blown away at just how tasty it was.  I found a recipe on Craftbeer.com and decided I better give it a shot myself.  This recipe calls for a big alcohol stout or porter that comes in on the sweeter side.  I would recommend a Russian Imperial Stout or a Baltic Porter.

Here are the few ingredients you will need.

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1lb Thick Cut, High Quality Bacon
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP beer (Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Moody Ales)

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Start by taking a baking tray and place tin foil in the bottom of the pan.  On top of this place wire racks to keep the bacon elevated and let excess fat drain off during baking.  place your bacon onto the wire racks.

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In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and beer and whisk it into a syrup.  While you do this place the bacon in the oven for 10 Minutes.

At 10 Minutes remove your bacon.  Brush the beer syrup onto the bacon and place it back into the oven for 10 minutes.

Once the 10 minutes is up again take the bacon out and flip it over.  Once flipped over brush more of the beer syrup onto the bacon.

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Take the bacon out again, flip the bacon and brush the last of the stout syrup onto the bacon.  This should be your last set of 10 minutes of baking.  The bacon should finish quite crispy.

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Once you have finished baking it you need to remove it from heat and let it sit for at least an hour.  This lets the syrup solidify and create the candy layer.  This is to be served cold.

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I purchased the bacon that was on sale for this batch which was a mistake.  If a proper thick cut of bacon was used it would have shrank less and would have had no burning.  I’m still perfecting my Candied Bacon game but this stuff is so tasty!