Ebon cloaked. No light penetrates it nor leaves it. Wafty rich, thick, dark ivory cap of half inch height creeps down softly to a thick collar ring and thin sheeted ink blobby lacing.
Smells quite nice for any chocolate/coffee fan as it carries a lofty richly roasty aroma of a iced vanilla mocha. Sweet and darkly fruity but charred and smokey with a burnt coffee spiked with bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, cinammon, and a great touch of bourbony oaked warmth.
Taste is just as impressive with a big front bite of deep burnt roast and chocolate which then gets swiped away quickly letting in some darkened sweet tones of fruits(dates/figs) then warm yet mellowing bourbon lifts across the finish as criss-cross of more very dark bittered chocolate lays the late foundation of burnt coffee roast, green oily hops, and oaky bourbon touched tinge way in the back of the palate. Scrumptiously complex and boldly layered.
Biggish medium body with lots of complex character as its moderately full of dark bold sweet tangyness and dried with caring yet forward bitterness of dark chocolate and burnt coffee roast. The warmth sinks in after just a few sips and gradually sets up camp in your gullet and slows down your day enough to relax and enjoy.
And enjoy you shall! A superb porter or 'Imperial Porter' if you will, that sits right in and makes itself right at home on your palate and your mind. Deschutes has made a fantastic little celebatory brew for XXI. So congrats to them for a kick ass accomplishment and one hell of a fine brew to back it up!
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