Pours an opaque deep ruby brown color with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin ring of foam wrapped around the edges of the glass. Very little if any lacing.
The aroma is deep dark and complex. Bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweet brown sugar malts with a hint of molasses and dark fruit.
The taste is sweet and rich. A sweet caramel malt works into a burnt roasted malt flavor and finishes with bourbon, oak and vanilla. The aftertaste is more of the dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate giving is a bitter, yet sweet finish. A noticeable warmth from the higher ABV blends nicely with a bourbon, vanilla, and oak.
Medium to bigger body with a medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a dry semi-sweet, semi-bitter finish.
An awesome beer! The complexity in the aroma is enough to know that this is a well crafted beer. The flavors are smooth rich and full of warmth. Another top notice beer from Central Waters that is in the "Must Try" category if you haven't had it
Pours opaque with two inches of dark tan almost brown, frothy foam to coat the liquid. Retention is about what you would expect. Lacing: eh.
Aroma is vanilla, oak, and bourbon on the first pass. Another pass brings chocolate and burnt/dark malts. Toffee sweetness is hidden nicely in there too.
Taste has a lot of sweetness, seems to be caramel and toffee driven. The middle brings the bigger and robust malts: burnt, chocolate, and roasted. Some bourbon, oak, and vanilla finish off the beer. A bit of chocolate/roasted bitterness lingers.
Body is on the big side but not huge like some imperial stouts - this one is drinkable without an alcohol burn. Carbonation is just a touch too much but still solid. Creamy and drying to the mouth.
Once you take the ABV, the bourbon aging, and the fact that this is an imperial stout into consideration, you can't fathom how smooth this beer is and how well put together. This goes a long way towards being a dangerously easy to drink stout. Enjoy!
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