Fat Lad from Right Brain Brewery – Beer Review
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Package: 22 oz. bottle or draft.
Being born and raised in the Mitten state has given me an appreciation for the great outdoors and damn good beer. As a Michigander, when the snow melts and the grey skies of winter recede, it’s only natural to head north for the summer to enjoy what this great state has to offer. My northern destination is Traverse City; a foodie and beer geeks paradise. Draft magazine named Traverse City one of America’s three newest emerging beer towns. The city is host to many respected and well known breweries such as: Jolly Pumpkin, Right Brain, North Peak and Rare Bird Brew Pub.
One of my favorite places in town, is Right Brain Brewery.
It’s located at 225 E Sixteenth St, which is nestled next to the Boardman Lake. It’s a short drive from Front St, which is downtown’s main street. Being slightly off the beaten and path has made Right Brain Brewery a local’s hangout. Right Brain offers innovative beers in a relaxed and slightly strange environment. One of my more recent acquisitions was a bottle Fat Lad.
I was in Traverse City for the weekend and had to stop in on my way home to fill a growler when this bottle caught my eye. I am a sucker for a good stout so there was no question, I was taking a bottle home.
Overall, this has been one of my favorite stouts that Right Brain offers. I prefer higher ABV beers that have loads of chocolate, coffee and licorice flavors. The only thing that might make this beer better would be a little time in a bourbon barrel. Fat Lad pours black with a dense dark tan head. The head has great retention, but with time it will reduce to a small cap that clings to the glass. My first impression is the deep chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma. As the beer warms the aroma becomes more complex with char, vanilla and a sublet smokiness. The taste is an extension of the aroma, but with a fairly strong bitterness that complements the smokiness and roasted malt flavors. Fat lad is a classic example of what a Russian Imperial Stout Should be. I highly recommend that you check out Right Brain Brewery and grab a bottle of Fat Lad to go. Feel free to let me what you think. Until next time, Cheers!
About me: Craft beer connoisseur that supports the Michigan craft beer industry, which produces some of the greatest beers in the world.