French Kiss
By: Beau Burke
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
OG: 1.08
FG: 1.016
Recipe Type: Extract
Great Divide's Oak-Aged Yeti was the inspiration for this beer (well, that and my wife is a big stout fan, so I wanted to make something for her). I was sick when I first tried it, so it tasted pretty bizarre and my impression of it was all over the place. I do remember getting a strong suggestion of vanilla though, and thought "I should really base a beer around that."

So, French Kiss was born. And what a sweet number it is. Rich, black, sweet, powerfully strong, and supported by a strong suggestion of vanilla. Roasted barley flavors could be a little more pronounced, but I'm not losing any sleep over it. With some tweaks, I can easily see French Kiss being a regular in my brewpot.

Also, a word of caution: French Kiss is powerfully strong. Sharing a couple pints with a significant other could easily cause tomfoolery of the highest order.