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Lervig Konrad's Stout 
Posted: 30 July 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Lervig Konrad's Stout from Norway Who is the Konrad in Lervig's Konrad's Stout?  Evidently, it's a stout Konrad would have liked. And not just any stout.  Russian Imperial style stout.  Brewed in the style of Thrale's brewery in London for export to Catherine II of Russia.  If Konrad were my very own brother or father, I'd be offering him something a bit tastier.    
Avg price/liter: USD 9.82   ABV %: 10.4  Type: Stout   
       


Who is the Konrad in Lervig's Konrad's Stout?  Evidently, it's a stout Konrad would have liked. You don't name a beer after someone who would have hated it.  It can't be the famous British-Polish author Joseph Conrad.  Different spelling.  Perhaps it's Joseph Konrad, for whom an antique, home furnishing, and lighting outlet in Atlanta was named.  Actually, there must be a whole lot of Konrads who love stout.    

And not just any stout.  Russian Imperial style stout.  Brewed in the style of Thrale's brewery in London for export to Catherine II of Russia.  Lervig goes a step further and adds oatmeal to the batch.  Is that a vestige of Norway's past? Norway continued to use oats in the brewing process until the early 20th century despite the rest of Europe dumping them three centuries before.         

Other reviewers hint at flavors of cold coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, whatever.  Maybe you'll just taste the strong 10%+ alcohol.       

There is nothing to be embarrassed about with Konrad's Stout, and I'm sure no Konrad, even the British author Conrad, would be ashamed to be drinking one of these.  But it's a new world out there, and stout is no longer just the drink your grandpa savored.   If Konrad were my very own brother or father, I'd be offering him something a bit tastier.   

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