Skip to main content

Stalin's Dark Side (Evil Czech)

At the 2nd Annual Stalin Release Feast, I had the opportunity to try the 2013 and 2014 releases of Evil Czech's Stalin's Dark Side. It was served with a decadent chocolate cheesecake that had some Stalin mixed in. Having the 2oz pour of 2013 next to the snifter of 2014 you can really taste the differences.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: They were both nearly black with a chocolate-colored head. The 2013 smelled like chocolate. The 2014 smelled boozier. For some reason I was getting an almond extract aroma from the 2014. More as it warmed. It was crazy.

Taste: The 2013 was boozy and tasted like chocolate syrup (in a good way). The 2014 tasted like chocolate cake and malt balls. Again...crazy. Not sure what was going on here. I normally don't get all of these crazy flavors. The 2014 also tasted kind of smoky to me, but it didn't smell smoky at all. It was a dryness to it probably from the barrel aging. The 2013 did well in the year aging, smoothed out quite a bit as expected.

From the Evil Czech site:
Released once a year, on the anniversary of Josef Stalin’s death (March 5). Stalin wasn’t even a true Russian! Dark as Stalin’s mind, this is a true Russian Imperial Stout, aged for three months in whiskey barrels straight from Journeyman’s Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan. This beer features a sweet smelling nose with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of fruit. The taste will hit you like the best chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever had…one with a bourbon barrel taste!


Popular posts from this blog

I Marched, What's Next?

What can we do? There has to be more than writing letters and posting on social media. This is a work in progress, but these are my thoughts...
Stay educated. If you think the media is misleading you, take charge. Know your sources. Do your research. You don't have to consume the 24-hour repetitive cycle of media. You can focus and keep it to the point. I like NPR, Popular Science, and the technical sources (department sites). If you're curious about education, go to the Dept of Education site! You want to know about the job rates? Go to the Department of Labor reports.

Educate each other. We are failing in this. We need to talk about the issues. Not just reposting articles, but face-to-face or virtually with a personal spin and follow up. We need to have meaningful discussions about the current state of affairs and what is happening. We can only act together if we work together. But serious discussion, not Facebook posts!

A Right Regal Bonsoir (or Imperial Bedroom Revisited)

Elvis Costello doesn't mess around. Last night, at The Chicago Theater, I witnessed a true delight of the senses. Out of respect for the artist's wishes, as requested, I didn't take any pictures or video of the performance. You'll have to live through my description and a grainy, preshow snap.

Wild Horticulture (Little Shop of Horrors)

Last night, I saw Little Shop of Horrors (Crown Point Community Theater edition). This fan-favorite has stood the test of time. People still pack in to see this 80s musical based on a 60s movie. Big production or small, the catchy tunes and dark yet quirky storyline keep people humming and laughing.

CPCT has a great range of shows. From Sartre's thought-provoking No Exit to the whimsical, yet mature, Happily Ever Once Upon they bring entertainment to the community. CPCT brings in plays that are far from mainstream. Evenso, it was a delight to see this classic musical.