Luscious head the color of the inside of malted milk balls sits on a dark brown to black opaque ale that is listed as an Imperial Stout Porter on the label. Across the top it notes that it was brewed with spruce tips. Website says it was brewed in honor of the brewing legacy of Peter the Great and the ingredients of the Baltic region, including rye and spruce.
|Ode to a Russian Shipwright by Olvalde|
Luckily, I got a bit distracted while drinking the beer and it warmed up very nicely. Highly recommend letting this one warm up a bit in the bottle before pouring it. Spruce comes out more in nose, and it improves the taste because the subtle flavors come out more without losing balance.
And, this beer is a local Minnesota product from Olvalde farmhouse brewery in Rollingstone. I didn't know where is was either--think Winona. Guessing more people will know it soon enough. Pick up this fine artisan beer with a swing top cap--got mine at the Four Firkins. For me, a nice way to finish a lazy day at home for Thanksgiving.