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Published June 14th 2016
Spend winter in the company of Russian Stouts
For all those out there who enjoy a heavy stout beer but are on the search for something stronger, heavier and simply intense (yes, you can actually find stronger beers than Guiness) you may be wondering where can you find a beverage like this in little old Adelaide?
Well, if you head to The Franklin Hotel in the city; this popular boutique style pub is serving what I believe to be Adelaide's strongest beer on tap "The Kalash", the flavour, aromas and body of this beer will leave you short of words to describe it.
It's name comes from an assault rifle also known as AK-74M or Kalashnikov, introduced by the Russian Federation, a weapon known for its high performance under harsh conditions. Now you know what the name means, you may want to start with a schooner size glass.
This beer is a Russian Imperial Stout, created by "Hop Nation Brewing Co Melbourne", it is barrel aged in French Oak puncheons for 6 months, dry hopped with Amarillo and cascade and has a not so surprising 10.2 % alcohol percentage, so if you order the pint size glass you will be sipping it like a nanna, not so much because of the alcohol content but its complexity in flavours and pleasant after taste. At first sip the beer is simply strong, but after a few sips the flavours develop nicely uncovering a huge array of sensorial experiences. No kidding, every mouth full is different (at the very end of the pint glass once you are fully acquainted with "The Kalash" it just tastes like water).
Overall a great Winter drink, enjoyed slowly at the pub, or if you can find it in bottles, why not purchase some and drink them at home with an open fire and a hearty meat stew or heavy soup. The guys at Hop Nation have brewed enough of this so you can enjoy this Russian Stout until 2020!