Stevens Point has an absolutely dark and evil beer on their hands. A pour will yield little (maybe even nothing) in the way of a head, while the effervescence of the beer disappears for much of the pour. The beer has a good amount of malt on the onset, while a velvety sweetness comes up shortly after that. While the beer has an ABV that is absolutely on-par for other Russian Imperial Stouts, there is an inviting feel to this effort that allows a wider subset of beer fans the ability to enjoy this. There is a slight amount of alcohol burn that starts to kick up at the mid to late point of the beer, while one’s palette will be cleared nicely for subsequent sips. The Whole Hog is one of the best Russian imperial stouts that we have reviewed this year, marrying equal amounts of velveteen smoothness and acerbic alcohol nose.
Visit the Stevens Point Brewery website for more information about the variety of efforts that they produce, the variety of branded merchandise that they sell, and where one can find Stephens Point beers. The Whole Hog comes in a four-pack of bottles and should be available throughout the spring.
Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout / 8.6% ABV / Stevens Point Brewery / http://www.pointbeer.com/