Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Drink Now: Torn Label Old Believer

Kansas City is still playing catch-up to St. Louis, as far as smaller breweries go. They have Perennial, 4 Hands, Side Project, and others making unique and delicious beers.

Torn Label is doing their best to bridge that gap. Of the recently opened breweries in Kansas City, Torn Label is probably my favorite. Their most recent offering is an Russian Imperial Stout that clocks in at 11.1%. The brewery is planning an Advent Calendar, of sorts, to show off this beer and its variants. The regular version was tapped on Sunday and is available at the brewery now. Each subsequent Sunday leading up to Christmas, the brewery will tap a different variant keg. There will only be a single keg of each variant.


Here's what the brewery has to say about their latest concoction:
"At over 11% ABV, it's the highest gravity beer we've brewed to date, but the silky, slightly sweet notes of dark fruit, cocoa and black bread impart a consummate drinkability that belies its hefty strength.

To celebrate the release of this RIS, we'll be holding an Old Believer Advent here at the brewery. Beginning November 29th - the first Sunday of 2015 Advent - we will debut Old Believer at the taproom. Each following Sunday in December, we'll release a different single keg variant of Old Believer on draft only. We will announce the specific variants the week before they're released."
I went in to try the regular version on Sunday and really enjoyed it. The beer is a full bodied imperial stout with tons of roasted malt flavor and hints of dark chocolate. The base beer is great, and I can't wait to try the upcoming variants. The first variant on Sunday, December 6th featured Thou Mayest's Brazilian Coffee. The second variant pairs the base with toasted coconut.  Go get it when they open at noon on December 13th!

Bottles of the regular version will be available the second or third week in December. In addition, a portion of the beer is aging in whiskey barrels for very limited release in mid to late 2016.

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