Dead Frog Commander Imperial Stout

After cellaring our bottle of 2014 Dead Frog Commander Imperial Stout a good half year in a dark corner of our cupboard, we recently opened it over dinner, and discovered dark caramel, molasses, and star anise at the nose with tastes of chocolate and scotch in this seasonal sweet brew.

Last weekend’s second and third-place Stout winner at the BC Craft Beer Awards for Commander’s 2013 and 2014 editions respectively, this rich, complex Imperial stout pairs nicely with dark chocolate as well as a good old-fashioned roast with seasoned potatoes and veggies.

Brewmaster Tony Dewald added bourbon and a mixture of American and French white oak chips for greater complexity derived from barrel aging.

Dead Frog’s unpasteurized and preservative-­free, limited-release 2014 Commander Imperial Stout is available in 650ml bottles (if you can still find them!) at $6.99. Best to pick up a few bottles and allow them to age for six months or more to arrive at the beer’s optimal complexity. We welcome the cold weather with open arms when it comes to enjoying rich brews such as this one!

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