5 Barrel ‘Hero Of The People’ R.I.S – Peanut Butter & Chocolate edition


“The Russian Imperial Stout is the king of stout styles and is a favourite with craft brewers around the world. They’re dark, high in alcohol, generally hoppy and are full of rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and molasses. These stouts age well and can be cellared – if you can stop yourself from drinking them fresh!”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Hits the glass with an impenetrable black body and forms a finger of light brown head which gradually peels off. Excellent lace work as we imbibe.

Aroma: The intense roasted and burnt notes of the base RIS come through immediately; espresso, molasses, charred wood, ash, dark chocolate and subtle hints of vanilla and unripened cherry. As impressive a RIS base this is we must admit the peanut butter aspect is completely MIA. It’s actually baffling considering how strong peanut butter as a raw ingredient can actually be. It’s like they totally forgot to put it in the brew!

Flavour: We were clinching on to a bit of hope that the peanut butter would reveal itself here but unfortunately that’s not to be. The upside is the RIS base is chock full of dark chocolate, molasses, espresso and charred malts with lighter notes of charcoal, nutty malt (the closest thing to peanut butter thus far), vanilla and burnt milk chocolate to finish. Good length on it too.

Mouthfeel: Dense and viscous. Full bodied, low Co2 and the 10% ABV is fairly well buried.

Overall: We were bummed that we couldn’t get our hands on the regular unflavoured version but we’re sat here thinking we don’t even need it now as this appears to be it. There is actually zero peanut butter here. We’re even thinking that they may have canned the wrong version?! We’ll know more when we crack the next one we guess.