Bright Brewery’s Stubborn Russian has been part of the brewery’s winter roster since 2011, being released each year as the temperature of the Alpine region descends towards zero. It’s been on quite the journey over the past decade too with the Bright team having made it in different sizes, added adjuncts, aged it in barrels, changed its appearance and created an accompanying beer festival in Darker Days.
So how’s the tenth iteration shape up? For one, it’s been released with three different labels, with each showing a babushka doll being opened to reveal the beer that lies inside. That beer that’s on the inside is quite close to 2019’s vintage, being the same ABV of 12 percent and adjunct free. It means the dark roasted malts and booze are what drive the beer's big roasted notes, espresso flavours, stewed plum and dark chocolate sweetness that all swirl around in the impenetrable dark beer. Happy birthday Stubborn Russian!
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