Melvin Brewing Vladimir Gluten
What the brewers say
"BA Russian imperial stout with vanilla and cocoa nibs."
What our panel thought
"Straightforward bourbon nose. Sweet flavor up front with chocolate-covered cherry balls swimming in bourbon-soaked malt. ‘Luscious’ is the word—creamy milk chocolate, vanilla- and barrel-derived spice. Clean, defined roast. Not as complex as some, but brilliantly executed and integrated."
What our editors thought
"Inky licorice and black malt strike stark aroma notes; just a touch of chocolate. The sip is rugged—unyielding, unapologetic roast malt and bourbon notes. Dry cacao lingers."