Legion Russian Imperial Stout by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Legion Russian Imperial Stout by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Legion Russian Imperial Stout by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Legion Russian Imperial Stout by Community Beer Co Taste Test

I’ve heard about this beer for awhile now, and I have no excuse for taking this long to try it.  I’m a big fan of Community’s offerings, so I had high hopes for this beer.

Legion is 9.9% ABV, so I was prepared some serious heft.  That’s exactly what you get, and it’s pretty great.

Here is what Community has to say about Legion:

“A single word – packed with so much meaning, history and symbolism – which is so very fitting for this huge, multi-faceted brew.  This beer style is so named because of the 18th century Russian Empress Catherine II’s love for a similar dark, roasty, strong porter brewed in London and shipped to the Russian court.  Hallmarks of the style are rich maltiness from the massive grain bill, deep roast and chocolate character from highly kilned malts, all balanced by an elevated bitterness, hop flavor and alcohol content. Lacking the intensely bitter, burnt character of many stouts, we think it’s roasty in all the right places, with a velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish.  Community Beer Company’s legion of beer lovers grows larger every day, and this massive Russian Imperial Stout transcends rank and echelon!  Welcome to our Legion.

Legion Stats

Legion Stats

Black as Texas crude, our Russian-Style Imperial Stout allures with its thick, tan head and aromas of bittersweet cocoa and roasted malt.  Twelve different malts compose the grist of this beer, adding layers of complexity and significant alcohol content.  Hops are at play as well, coming from several nationalities, all adding their telltale terroir to the aroma and flavor of this huge beer.  Bitterness from hops plays only a balancing role though, with the focus landing on the delicious blend of English Maris Otter, dark crystal and highly roasted black malt.

We’ve got lots of things planned for this beer including barrel aging, special spiced versions, and more!”

Craftbeer.com doesn’t have a description for Russian Imperial Stout, but they have this under American Imperial Stout and this should be pretty close:

American-style imperial stouts are the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these beers typically have an extremely rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. Bitterness can come from roasted malts or hop additions.”

Legion in Glass

Legion in Glass

The first thing that struck me with the thickness of this beer.  It’s close to Lakewood’s Temptress if you’ve had that one.

Legion has tons of roasty and dark malt aromas.  It smells chocolatey and roasty and fantastic.  It’s probably good that I tried Legion at home because I spent way too much time smelling this one.

The flavor of this beer is super complex.  Legion is really, really roasty with a good amount of bite.  You really can taste the thickness of this beer.

You get all the classic stout flavors like dark cocoa and roast coffee but cranked up because of all the malts that Community uses for this beer.  The more you drink, the more the flavors develop.  Everything might start to blur a little bit if you have more than a couple of these guys though.

You can find some hop bitterness if you look for it, but this beer really is all about the malts.  Legion is a beer to savor and take your time with, but let’s be honest … you couldn’t possibly drink this one fast and enjoy it at all.

I’m looking forward to this beer next winter.  It’s probably too thick to drink in the heat, but I’m guessing that you already knew that.

Keep your eyes peeled for the variations of this huge beer.  Those have a lot of potential for greatness.

Thanks for the read.

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