Pours black in color with a hint of ruby red around the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The pour produces a quarter inch dark tan head that quickly dissipates and creates a milky swirl of foam resting on top. Very little lacing.
The aroma is strong and rich with a bitter sweetness. Molasses, and dark coffee are the big aromas with a touch of oak and alcohol.
The taste is just as rich as the aroma. A sweet molasses starts things off and quickly works into a blend of bitter chocolate and oak with a warming alcohol that continues into the finish. A bitter coffee flavor finish things off with a bourbon alcohol warming the mouth and throat with a hint of dark fruit in the aftertaste.
Medium to big body with a light carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a sweet almost syrup like stickiness.
Overall, another impressive beer from Central Water. Nice dark flavors that are well balanced and inviting with a warmth from the alcohol. This beer is perfect on a cold snowing night next to the fireplace. Very drinkable for a beer with such dark rich flavors and a high abv. Try one!
Pours opaque but seemingly clear. About an inch of light brown foam covers the beer. Retention is about average with the foam becoming ever so much more frothy. Lacing is splotchy but quickly slides back into the beer.
Aroma is molasses with roasted malt. Slight booze. Coffee is there but isn't the spotlight grabber that I thought it would be. A bit light on the nose.
Taste has molasses sweetness up front. The middle brings a bit of cocoa and booze, with the booze lasting through to the finish. The end is the most interesting and a coming together: coffee, coffee bitterness that lasts, and roasted malt. Definitely as solid trio.
Very little carbonation on a large body, which is fine on a beer of this style to me.
I might have rated the nose a little high and this would probably be more drinkable as it ages since the booze burnt a hole straight from my mouth to my stomach. In spite of this minor flaws a really solid beer. Central Waters keeps me coming back for more. How much longer can they hide in the middle of Wisconsin. Enjoy!