A Note on This Beer
Seattle Stout Secret
We’ll let you in on a Dark Beer secret -- Counterbalance’s Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout is quietly establishing itself as one of Seattle’s best. Not only has it earned honors from Sip Northwest, one beer tourist on BeerAdvocate even said: “Reminds me of two of my favorite Russians, [North Coast’s] Old Rasputin and [Big Sky’s] Ivan the Terrible…”
Boldly roasty and boozy at 8.9% ABV, one sip of Kushetka and you’ll instantly understand why this beast bares comparison to those giants: It rides a chocolate covered espresso bean wave of French silky char!
Aromas of vanilla, oak, and 100% dark cocoa cut through the fog of summer with spicy complexity. A boisterous blend of Black, Roasted, and Chocolate malts give the beer its straight-espresso-mocha richness, while the 8.9% ABV leaves a touch of sizzle on the tongue. For as boozy as it is, the body is damn smooth.
Russian Imperial Stouts kickstarted the big and boozy dark beer trend in American craft, with beers like Old Rasputin leading the way. Kushetka follows in its footsteps and makes Seattleites (like us) feel lucky to behold such hidden Stout gems.
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