Rocky Ridge DBRocky Ridge Brewing
Whiskey and chardonnay barrel aged imperial stout with shiraz grapes. We’re well and truly into the thick of "big beer" season and the multitudinous Rocky Ridge brewers aren’t holding back with their seasonal releases of gutsy, warming ales. Most notably, their 2019 vintages of DB Russian Imperial Stout (previously Dirty Bitch after one of the brewery dogs) and Barleywine Is Life – both barrel aged – which have had many a punter waiting in anticipation.
This year's DB comes in at a sizeable 12.5 percent ABV and, after spending six months in shiraz barrels with shiraz grapes, a deceptively smooth beer, considering its heft, results. A surprisingly low 20 IBU allows some booze to poke through the residual sweetness and vibrant red wine notes are apparent too.