You can check out a little synopsis of the brew day on this post: Double Brew for Shegogue.
The Wall Recipe
Brewed On: July 14, 2012
Style: 13F - Russian Imperial Stout
Batch Size: 6 gallons
IBU: 166 calculated (Rager) More like in the 80-90 range, but we will say a nice 100
Yeast: Safale S-05 American Ale Yeast (2 Re-hydrated packs)
Grist Mashed at 150 for an hour
82% - Pale Ale Malt (Great Western) - 19.5 lbs
6% - Roasted Barley (Briess 300L) - 1.5 lbs
4% - Caramunich (Weyermann) - 1 lb
4% - Special B (Dingemans 300L) - 1 lb
4% - Chocolate Malt (Briess 350L) - 1 lb
3oz of Warrior 15.8%AA - 60 minutes - 100 IBUs?
Tasting Notes: The Wall pours almost pitch black in the glass, but held up to the light you can get a glimpse of a very dark brown (like the stain of a dark walnut wood) color. The head on the beer is a dark tan and provides lacing while drinking.
(The Wall - Waxed and Labeled for Christmas Gifts!)
The beer has a bunch of different smells that I picked up on - coffee, chocolate, a dark fruitiness (grapes?) and a sweet malt aroma. The Wall has a firm bitterness upfront, which is accompanied by moderate carbonation, and leads to the complex chewy flavors already perceived in the aroma. The bitter from the hops and roasted malts packs a punch on the taste buds and invites the drinker back for another sip!
This beer should continue to age and improve. If you received one of these as a gift I look forward to hearing your tasting notes in the comment section below!