Pours black in color with a half inch khaki tan head. Good retention on the head with lacing that sheets down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is big and bold. Sweet roasted malts, Caramel, Toffee, Coffee, Chocolate. The aroma very sweet and creamy with a hint of alcohol noticeable.
The taste is fairly similar to the aroma. Starts off with a nice sweetness followed by some nice coffee flavors. Dark chocolate, and more black coffee that is a slightly bitter, roasted malts, and a slight charred flavor in the middle. The finish has a little booze with a medium bitterness and a coffee and roasted malt aftertaste. As it warms I am getting some dark fruit flavors (prune, raisin) coming out as well as more booze on the finish.
Heavy body with medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate with a slight sticky sweetness.
Overall, another very nice beer from Lagunitas. A very nicely balanced coffee beer with a solid coffee flavor that blends nicely with the dark chocolates and and roasted malt flavors. An easy drinking beer with a hard to beat price tag. If you like coffee beers, put this one on your "must try" list!
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