This is the 10 year anniversary edition. Can't believe I still have a bottle from the first release.
Pours opaque. Huge, thick mocha foam covers. Recedes rather quickly but leaves sticky rings behind and throughout the drink.
Aroma is subdued but complex. Coffee and espresso (more on the espresso side than that old fashioned coffee) is met with roast malt and chocolate. Hints of tobacco develop.
Taste follows the nose: subdued. There are additional elements. Espresso and some coffee are there throughout. Roast and chocolate come middle, lingering, creating a sense of bitterness on the hind end. Molasses adds sweetness.
Mouthfeel is big. There is a sense of creaminess. Possibly milk sugar? Carbonation seems spot on for the style, trending towards a bit high late in the sip as it tingles the back of the mouth.
This is a wonderful offering from Half Acre. The nose is definitely the star. The taste and mouthfeel bring it down notches with the rough, late carbonation and sweetness. Definitely worth your time. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:59:46
Tasted: Monday, December 31, 2018
$4.99 for 16 oz. can
One fine body…
Imperial Coffee drinking Stout. This beer is a thug. Available each year sometime in December, we work with Dark Matter Coffee to keep each batch as ruthless as it is tender.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers