Alesong Brewing & Blending - Rhino Suit
Serving Temperature:48–52° F
Suggested Glassware:Tulip, Teku, Globe Snifter
Rhino Suit was the first spirits barrel-aged beer released by Alesong and we’re happy to offer the most recent version which was aged in George Dickel 14-year bourbon barrels. Here we encounter an exceptional marriage of bold imperial stout with the velvety smoothness of well-aged bourbon. The Rhino Suit poured an opaque black with a thick tan head which lasted from first sip to last. Pronounced aromas of deeply roasted malt, charred vanilla, and dark chocolate were followed by mellow oaky barrel notes. Dark brown sugar, hints of molasses, and caramel lingered, with expressions of black pepper and sweet spices joining in.
Our first sip of Alesong Rhino Suit brought a wow factor of 10 to our palates. Impressively smooth and balanced, with pronounced flavors of vanilla and dark caramel up front, followed by notes of charred oak and dark chocolate. The George Dickel bourbon came through mid-palate with a nice alcohol lift, notes of nutty toffee, traces of maple, and a hint of black cherry. The imperial stout showed off touches of bitterness and dark fruit, with toasted marshmallow undertones. This very well layered beer is full-bodied, with a smooth and creamy mousse, and long-drawn-out finish. In a word: delicious.
The Alesong Rhino Suit is structured in such a way that drinking now and long-term aging are equally beneficial. We can recommend doing both. We also recommend following Alesong’s pairing suggestions of cocoa braised lamb shoulder, seared foie gras, and chocolate chip and sea salt cookies.
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