Come celebrate Stout Month in Astoria a bit early as Fort George Brewery will release Matryoshka 2021 in 500mL bottles on Saturday, December 12th. Yes, a few months earlier than the normal release in February, but since the Festival of Dark Arts is cancelled in 2021, Fort George is saving something special for the shortest month of the year.
Matryoshka is Fort George’s highly anticipated whiskey and bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. For this vintage, Matryoshka 2021 was aged for one year in a blend of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Westward Whiskey barrels. This barrel aged stout is an exercise in balance and intensity, full of bold flavors such as vanilla, anise, chocolate, coffee, and charred oak, all integrating seamlessly. The high gravity and robust mouthfeel give the beer heft and substance, while remaining smooth and deceivingly drinkable at 12.8% ABV.
Matryoshka 2021 Stats:
Appearance: black with a light brown head
Aroma: sweet vanilla, chocolate, coffee
Flavor: reminiscent of melted chocolate
and vanilla bean ice cream
Then come February 2021, Fort George will release six variants of Matryoshka. Four variants have been aging in Westward Whiskey barrels and Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels while the other two variants have been aging in Jamaican rum barrels. When these six Matryoshka variants are released, Fort George will be selling a limited mixed-Matryoshka case that will include the 2021 variants and a limited edition Matryoshka tasing glass.
The four 2021 Matryoshka variants aged in Westward Whiskey barrels and Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.
2021 Matryoshka with Vanilla
2021 Matryoshka with Vanilla & Cocoa Nibs
2021 Matryoshka with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs & Cinnamon
2021 Matryoshka with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon & Raspberries
The two 2021 Matryoshka variants aged in Jamaican rum barrels:
Rum Barrel Aged Matryoshka with Coconut
Rum Barrel Aged Matryoshka with even more Coconut & Cherry
To guarantee these beers it’s best to join the new Lovell Auto Co.. as pre-order customers will have the option to pick up their order at the Fort George Lovell Taproom during a week exclusive re-opening of the space that will be reserved for pre-order customers. Lovell Auto CO. members can also have their orders shipped to their door.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.