Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5 IBU: 50
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What the brewers say
“Behind its fiercely black exterior is a mélange of subtly different roasted malt flavors: smoke, burnt caramel, and espresso. Not to be taken lightly.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate chocolate, lots of darkly roasted coffee, lots of toasty caramel, bits of sugar cookie, touch of hops, a hint of nuttiness. Some surprising light fruit esters (pear or peach). Some alcohol as the beer warms.”
Flavor: “Big chocolate milkshake with a shot of espresso. Roasted chestnuts straight from a drum cooker, burnt cinnamon roll, old-school earthy American hops, and a very present amount of yeast. Once your palate adapts to the bitterness, the big stout flavors are more noticeable: caramel and chocolate malt, the espresso edge, and the nice sweetness.”
Overall: “Fairly roasty imperial stout with good chocolate and a fair bit of hops to balance throughout. Surprisingly easy to drink. Extremely smooth and creamy with very nice chocolate flavor. Sweet without being cloying. Delicious. Very balanced overall.”
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