Shadow Density 03
Style: Imperial Stout
Grain: Pale, Pils, Chocolate, Roast Barley, Brown malt
Extra: blackberries and blueberries
Fermented with American yeast
Tasting notes: Dark chocolate, coffee, blackberry, blueberry
Pair with: TSB Hot Waffles, Beets & Cheese flatbread
I have working titles on all our beers that I keep in my recipe software as well as internal spreadsheets and emails. The Shadow Density base was called "Mega Stout" and yeah, that's pretty true.
A lot of imperial "adjunct" stouts these days are built with future ingredients in mind. I didn't do that here. I wanted a big, old school RIS and I'd figure out the details later. The first release was PB and Chocolate for Halloween, the second was Peppermint Cocoa for Christmas. Without repeating a candy motif for Valentines, or taking a wild swing at St Pats, Shadow Density 3 goes in a different direction.
I was sitting at the late great Blue Cat bar last year and saw they had a stout with blackberries and blueberries. That sounded delicious. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea and it was sold out. I didn't get to try that beer, so I'm trying it here. Charlie, if you're reading this, I owe you a pint ;)