A: Black on black color. Brown, medium thick foam of average retention.
S: Complex. Chocolate, toasted malt, soft grapefruit all mixed together in an inviting mix.
T: Feels to get super thick and then quickly drys out, and left with a dark toast on the tongue. Seems as though there's a bit of alcohol harshness.
O: Much dry and crisp version of Imperial Stout. Some interesting flavors emerge as it warms. Though I miss some of the complexity of flavors (fruits, sugars, coffees, and chocolates) found in other brewers versions of this style. On the other hand it's very drinkable for a big beer. I would have this again.
Pours a dark black with a nice one inch creamy yellow head. Medium retention with spotty lacing.
Aroma is not super strong, but I am getting roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, and molasses and a little tiny bit of sour citrus hops.
Taste is lots of roasted malt, milk chocolate, molasses, and a hint of coffee. Ends with a huge roasted malt taste on the backend. I am getting some alcohol and some bitterness on the backend.
Heavy body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is interesting milky smooth, but lots of carbonation upfront that seems to disappears quickly on the palate.
Overall it is good. I feel like this is a good beer, but not super well balanced. I feel like the roasted malts are a bit too strong and the bitterness and alcohol on the backend give it a strange finish making the drink ability kind of tough. The dry bitter finish is not what I was expecting in an imperial stout. This beer is better on the warm side, not super cold.