22 oz bottle thanks to the great Lum. Yes, I finally got around to opening this bottle. Sorry it took so long. I have just been looking forward to this one for so long, that I couldn't bring myself to drink it. Does that make sense? Well tonight was the night and I am serving this up in my Free the Hops Tulip.
A: Pours a really nice, thick black color. The head is a thick brown ring that has the color of chocolate jello pudding. Lacing is a bit week, but that probably due to the very thick and slick look of this beer. Slight clear film on the glass when you jostle it about. The beer is completely opaque, no light getting through. Pretty simple, but good looking.
S: Smell is of some really nicely roasted malts. Chocolately and toffee goodness coming out here. There is a bit of wood coming out here. Getting some really nice cherry presence as well. A slight smell of cofee starts to come out as well. There is also a bit of a smell of whipped cream so how coming out here as well. Touch of nuttiness on the finish of the nose.
T: Taste is mostly malty goodness. The roast is there but light, keeping this from being too overbearing but getting you that richness. The cherry really comes out in a bit of cordial cherry type flavor (but very light, not as crazy sweet as a cordial). All the flavors of vanilla cream, cherries, and chocolate are present. Slight toffee goodness. Then comes a touch of nuttiness and roasted coffee. Overall very nice, but incredibly subtle. Could have gone for a bit more aggression in one area or another.
M: Rich and full in body. Carbonation is just enough to keep this smooth and easy drinking. The feel is really thick and slick. Really coats the mouth with an viscous oil type feel. ABV is very nicely hidden. I can't taste any alcohol whatsoever and that is often rare from an RIS. Aftertaste is mostly just some nice roasted malt and nuttiness.
D: This is probably the easiest drinking RIS I have ever had. The flavors are a bit subtle, but they don't wreck the palate. The ABV is so well hidden it keeps this RIS from being a chore to drink like some RIS's can be. The aroma is very nice and so is the feel. Really enjoyable RIS for sure and I will have to pick up a bottle or two next time I am up north. Thanks Lummy!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2009 04:52:15
Served In: Tulip
Pours a beautiful dark black. Fairly thick looking. Gorgeous two finger brown, pillowy head. Drops to 1/2 inch and hangs around. Very impressive lacing. Nice!!
On the nose... dark fruits (cherries), licorice, milk chocolate, toasty to burnt malts. Fantastic!!!
On the tongue... wow. Strong coffee flavor (burnt), toffee and caramels. Dark chocolates. A little alcohol feel, but very pleasant. Aftertaste sticks with you, and IMO, is the best part. Excellent balance of flavor...
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, thick. Carbonation is excellent, that being just noticeable. Tingly. Aftertaste is a bit dry. The more I "critique" this, the more I like it.
This is dangerously drinkable, considering the ABV, but... being a huge fan of Stouts, this is excellent. Could be a bit more bitter, but that is my taste. Fantastic on a freezing night as tonight...
Overall, Highly Recommended!!
Served In: Tulip
A- Perfect. Dark pour yields a thick dark mocha head. Perfect looking, thick head leaves a nice trail on the glass on the way down. +1 to overall for how perfect this is....
S- Chocolate and malts...light alcohol here.Very nice coffee aroma also. really a great smelling brew.
T- Taste of dark chocolate is up front, and throughout. Some sweetness..maple syrup? Calky finish with lingering, light alcohol.
M- Slightly thinner than I would have liked.
0- A solid brew, all thought it fades from opening it and looking at to the smell and then to the brew itself. Solid overall though
Served In: Pint Glass
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