This was a beer I picked up as soon as I spotted in at my local Costco back three years ago with the idea of doing it as a beer for Valentine's Day. Because of its name, "Kavorka." You know, that quality Kramer had in "Seinfeld" that made him irresistible to women. Seemed appropriate. But as is usual with large bottles of beer, it got put away, one thing led to another, and now I have a vintage beer from one brewmaster ago. But it's local, and now it's vintage. And the label seems to fit in with the theme, having a man and a woman. And I feel like a nice big beer after today's big snowstorm.
Kavorka is an Imperial Russian Stout, at 11.2% abv. It opens and pours a solid black beer body, with a thick brown head.
The smell has deep chocolate with just a slight trace of roast. After three years, the beer is nice and fizzy, a bit on the soda pop side, but that can be enjoyable. The malt is nice and roasty, not astringent, but with malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and another hint of coffee. It's definitely got sugar left to it, kept in check by hop bitterness. And since the hop bill is not talked up on the label, I'm saying they're only there to balance the malt, and after three years, it remains properly in the background. The total result is a solid warming stout, that stays consistent through an entire bomber bottle. If you got one when it came out, it's definitely ready.
Disclaimer: I purchased this bottle for the purpose of review.