Stone 2008 Imperial Russian Stout versus Olde English 800

I did a joking post a while ago comparing two beers that were clearly in different leagues and categories. It was a joke or at least I thought others would think it was. Our old buddy Mike left a nice comment on it because he’s a funny guy and likes to be funny. I got a few messages privately from well intentioned friends asking if I was completely serious about comparing Cantillon Gueuze with some random White Birch beer. No, I wasn’t serious. Well, this below is a joke post. It’s a post intended as entertainment. These beers are not in the same league so please no hate-mails this time. I get enough of those anyway. 

Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2008 Vintage – 22oz)

Stone 2008 Imperial Russian Stout versus Olde English 800
4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20

adamjackson (584) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 18, 2012

2008 Vintage. Enjoyed at 60 Degrees in a wine goblet on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Surprised I haven’t had this one yet. 

A – Poured an almost black in to the glass. In the glass, pitch black, minor hints of heady that sticks around for a while. 

S – I can smell this from 2 feet away. Always a good sign. roast, nutty, chocolates and coffee. Some vanilla as well. 

T – This is spectacular. Alright, big chocolate up front. This is followed by vanilla bean and toffee. Caramel chocolate candies and some burnt barley malts on the back end with a hint of smokiness. 

M – 40% carbonation on the mouth swish. Heavy body. Lingering roasted and smoked taste. 

O – This is the king. There are better stouts that I’ve had with Dark Lord and Damon being my top but, for the price and availability, this is a king of stouts.

 

Olde English 800 (2012 Vintage – 40oz)

Stone 2008 Imperial Russian Stout versus Olde English 800
0.7

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20

adamjackson (584) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 18, 2012

Served at fridge temp in Hill Farmstead Stemware. Gotta get my malt liquor category review. 

A – Light golden orange. Hint of head that fades fast. Okay head lacing. 

S – There’s this burnt malts scent. Sort of stale and old and very boring. I’m surprised though that there’s any smell at all. 

T – There is no taste! It’s amazing. It’s this flat boring moldy tasting dirt tap water taste. It’s very bland and boring. 

M – 5% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body. 

O – This may be the worst beer I’ve ever tasted. It’s not even beer. It’s fermented toilet water.