Today was a beer that I have been excited about drinking for a while. It’s a beer that has been much blogged about, and one blog in particular from Justin Mason won my Golden Post for ‘Best Palate Post’. The beer of course is Beavertown’s ‘Ger’onimo’, a 9% Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged in Jameson Irish Whiskey casks and was the beer of choosing for many of those doing the #12BeersofXmas today.

Presentation wise, we’ve got a trademark white Beavertown box, with simple black artwork, housing a bottle with a slightly metallic label. The box also give a bit of background to the beer which is a nice touch.

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Cracking open the bottle the aroma is all dark chocolate laced with whiskey. The pour is thick and black and there’s only a hint of carbonation and a slight off-white head.

The taste is bitter sweet with heavy roasted hints and a flicker of peat and burning fire. The bitterness lingers and the heavy roasted dark chocolate remains from beginning to end.

It’s not the smoothest of beers but it is very drinkable for a 9% imperial stout and by the time I’m at the end of the bottle there’s an incredible warmth coming from the beer and the bitter dark chocolate is all that remains.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking on Meantime’s Black Russian double BIPA, before then check out what else has been going on through Storify below (or on our Storify page) and check the ‘blog directory’ here for the latest writings.