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Proef SNAB Czaar Peter / Петр I (Imperial Stouts Part 5)

Originally published in BEER December 2003.

NOTE This review forms part of what was originally published as a single longer article. See  previous posts for an introduction to Imperial stouts and some other reviews. See the next post to continue reading about further Imperial stouts.See all parts of this article:

Origin: Lochristi, East Flanders, Belgium
ABV: 8.5%

Proef SNAB Петр I

Петр I

More obviously inspired by the Russian connection is Czaar Peter (8.5%), or “Pyotr I” as the front label has it in Cyrillic, commemorating Tsar Peter the Great’s stint as a ship’s carpenter in Zaandam in 1697. Although marketed by SNAB, the North Holland Alternative Brewers’ Association, it is brewed under contract in Belgium, at Proef of Lochristi, East Flanders. Also lighter than the British versions, it has a rich, nicely-balanced biscuity, roasty and coffeeish palate, with a rummy chocolate liqueur finish developing a firm but pleasantly rounded Challenger hoppiness recalling classic Irish stout. From the Netherlands Peter went to Deptford, where he might have sampled the forerunners of porter; later, in founding St Petersburg, he gave Russia access to the Baltic trade that eventually brought stout to its shores.

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