Zmrok: Starka

Starka Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Another “Zmrok” – another oak-chip-aged goodness. This time we decided to add vanilla oak wood chips, but first we soaked those chips in starka – traditional Belarusian rye spirit drink, aged in oak barrels. This allowed to maximize the smell of vanilla extracted from the wood, while not overdoing it with other tones. The beer in the glass changes its profile over time: first, the roasted and coffee smell of dark malt comes up front, and when the beer heats up – vanilla and chocolate, tones of dark fruits and nuts start to dominate. The aftertaste is a light hop bitterness and that fluffy and warm feel you get from a beer with ABV that high.

Beer Specs

StyleImperial Stout
Series Zmrok
Release date 27.12.2019
Traits Oak-aged
Tare Draft
Flavor coffee, barrel, roasted


Hops Perle
Malts Pilsen, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Light Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Caramel


Serving temperature 14-16°
Serving glass Snifter

Flavor Profiles

Crisp / Clean
Hoppy / Bitter
Malty / Sweet
Dark / Roasty
Fruit / Spice
Sour / Funky

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