Based on the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia's Catherine the Great. It is a big beer that is bursting with flavor. An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasty, burnt, or almost tar-like sensations. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play.
This beer is a deep dark reddish brown that will leave a nice thin lace on the glass. The aroma hints of dried fruit (raisins/plums) and as it warms up it come alive. The dark fruits intensify and aromas of cheery, figs, caramel, licorice, chocolate and the alcohol poke through like a fine sherry. The flavor has notes of caramel, dried raisins, prunes, figs, vanilla, sweet (but not too sweet) candy sugar, some licorice, a hint of cherries and a mild spiciness.
The appeal of this beer is in its balance: Toasty malt flavors (sorta like biscuits just pulled from the oven) in balance with crisp hoppiness.
A spicy, piney session IPA with notes of citrus and grapefruit.