Esoterik is a commemorative beer named in honor of Mr. Anthony Marraccini, who has contributed extensively to the work of the Arts Community of Easton, Pennsylvania – and it’s quite a tribute. The dark fruit really pops in this recipe, but only if you hold the alcohols in check.
My friend Mike Riddle, well known for his award-winning Russian imperial stout, does use a lower attenuating Irish ale strain. He counters this with very high levels of roast malt and hops to try to balance out the residual sweetness. He also keeps the amount of crystal malts to one modest addition of dark crystal.