STYLE: Imperial Stout
APPEARANCE: Black black black.
HEAD: Very dark chestnut. Gone in a moment.
NOSE: Perfect. Roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, molasses, toffee, espresso beans, and aged bourbon. Everything you want in an Imperial Stout is present and accounted for. For all that complexity, the nose is actually fairly subdued for the style. That’s not necessarily a bad thing…just makes you work a little harder to truly appreciate it.
TASTE: The nose may be subdued, but the taste certainly isn’t. The espresso dominates the flavor, but there are huge, sweet notes of vanilla, molasses and caramel throughout. The finish has a big, barrel-aged bourbon burn which scours away the massive sweet flavors and cleanses the palate just in time for another sip. It’s simply spectacular.
MOUTHFEEL: Silky-smooth and incredibly full-bodied. This is a sipping and savoring beverage if ever there was one.
DRINKABILITY: 13% ABV Imperial Stout? Not exactly a drinkable brew. But I still wish I had another bottle as soon as my last one was finished.
RATING: 4 Hops. No question. As I said to Doc after finishing the bomber, “Do you know why Imperial Stouts are rated higher than other styles of beer? Because they’re BETTER!”