Pours pure black with brown head. All kinds of stuff going on in the aroma. Chocolate covered coffee beans, salty soy sauce, and hard wood smoke. Fantastic flavor. Bitter dark chocolate fudge mocha. Throw a shot of some sort of dark fruit liquor it there. Full body. High carbonation. Silky. Warm finish. Amazingly drinkable, not that I’d try to drink a whole bottle by myself.
Comes in its own cylinder container: bottle 02157 - Very dark brown pour to settle inky, impenetrable black. A huge cinnamon brown colored cupcake of a foam sits on top with immense density. Slowly and evenly settles down to a thickly compacted skim. Bits and spots of lace are thown about in a minimal display of intensity.
Aroma is monsterously rich and tangy with darker then dark malts of thick molasses, chewy chocolate, dark fruityness thats mostly pruney and raisiny. Rummy heat adds lots of depth to its sweet, dark side.
Taste has immeasurable amounts of lushly thick flavors. Enormously tangy at first, but as it sits chocolate takes a bit more richness, but doesn't quite take the tang away. Very, very, dark and tangy with molassas, vanilla paste, chocolate cream pie, caramel, lots of buzzing warmth, and lipsticked with raisiny goodness and a bit of cream steamed espresso. Its not quite as complex as their regular Imperial Stout, but just as damn big if not bigger on the palate. The most difference I find is the spice and the heat. This has way more warmth, alot more, it penetrates immediately upon the first sip and lasts the whole bottle through. Making for a much longer session of sipping. The finish melds into a stuntingly high ended dryness of hops and a whirlwind of chocolate cream leftovers bittering off with a liquescensce of mild vanilla, butter cream, and pecan peppered espresso.
Wowzaa! This is some thick stuff! Luxurious warmth forms quickly around a big, creamy, rich, lush, body of tanged flavors. Its boldness and creamy richness is beyond itself and is remarkably near the scope and depth of some kind of chocolate mercury.
A damn nice Imperial stout! The bigness of body supersedes its flavors, but matches the painterly palate of creamy richness that is like drinking some kind of chocolatey tanged elixer oil. Watch out for that 16%, as its goin' nowhere. It sits with ya from first sip to last.
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