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We’re well into the winter season now, so I’ll do my part to keep us all warm by sharing some more stout.

 Beer Name: Forge

Brewery: Foundation Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10%

Description: A “potent” stout brimming with roasted malt and chocolate flavors, this brew features a robust malt bill and fair among hops as well.  You can find some pretty detailed specs here on the company website.

Appearance: It poured a dark cola brown/black body with tan lacing across the edges of the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with a mild amount of bitter roast in the background.

Taste: Rich dark malts dominate the front of this brew, accentuated by notes of cream and chocolate.  The roast returns on the finish where it is joined by a robust piney bitterness and just a touch of alcohol after sitting for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-plus body with low carbonation.

Hype: Elevated.  I’ve really enjoyed most beers I’ve had from this brewery.

Overall: Really tasty.  It had been a little while since the last time I had a brew that hit all these different flavor notes and this one reminded me.of how great they can be together.  Must try for fans of the style.