Sweet prune and cherry wafts contrast this beer’s burnt malt aroma; vanilla softens the edges and connects the bouquet. No. 5 is a well-constructed Russian imperial stout: The beer’s sharp roasted notes balance sweet, dark chocolate while smooth alcohol keeps all of the robust malts in check—just as the style calls for. This full-bodied, barrel-kissed brew’s vanilla flavor strings sweetness through the swallow, while woody tannins accentuate the beer’s dark malt bite. A dry finish with lingering chocolate and roasted malts is an achievement for such a flavor-packed beer.