Dark and black in the glass, as a good Impy Porter should, tall, tan, lushly thick crown of foam leaving tons of lacing.
Aroma is soft but pleasing of warmly toasted and roasted barley, crunchy graham cracker, smokey whipped cream, delicate coffee touch and some warmth of Eth.
Warm, sweet, toasty, roasty, smooth, and a very soft taster. It has a very delicate smoothness about its carbonation that puffs about with a bit of sweet roasted malt, heavily creamed coffee, and a portion of chocolate and burntish bitterness at the finish.
As already mentioned, this is quite smooth and softly carbonated; set in a mediumish body, seems lacking but picks up pace enough to bring in enough warmth and finish to pull it all together.
It's definately not a brute of a coffee porter or stout like some out there, but this has a very welcoming ease and texture about it that talks the talks and walks the highly crafted walk of what craft brewing can showcase.
750ml paper ribboned and capped bottle, the bottled on date is smudged.
A nice pop when I removed the cap, it pours pitch black with a 1" head of tan foam. I see some great lacing so it's a great looking brew.
The smell is a bit on the light side; I get roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.
The taste is strong on the coffee, the cocoa is right up there as well, with the roasted malt a distant 3rd. The coffee is of the coffee grounds like persuasion and is tasty and gives the beer, probably, all of its bitterness. For the sweet side, there's virtually none. It's all bitter and semi bitter to my palate.
The mouthfeel is different. Bordering on full bodied but the carbonation is very light until the swallow, where I get a bit of tingling.
Overall, a good brew that, I think, lacks the most in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is only okay because of that....
I hate being "tough" on a Grand Teton Cellar Reserve beer but there you have it.
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