Style: Imperial Stout
Serving Type: 22oz Bottle.
Purchased at 99 Bottles.
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Aroma: Rich nose of melted dark chocolate. The aroma chocolate gives off when you heat it up, that's what this beer brings to mind. There is very little else in the aroma profile, perhaps some dusty grain but likely this is the background of robust use of chocolate
Appearance: Deep black, opaque. With a moderate pour this beer forms a thin head of small tan carbonation bubbles that fades to but a ring around the outside of the glass.
Flavor: Initially the tongue starts out confused between a roasted bitterness and huge chocolate sweetness. As the flavor settles in you are hit with an unmistakably rich milk chocolate candy bar, liquified. There is a hop bitterness in the middle that pushes through the chocolate with some earthy bittering flavor. This quickly gives way to a sweet but dry finish. The flavor finally fades from sweet chocolate in the end to the only hint at this beer's 11% ABV with a drying and slightly hot alcoholic warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium and effervescent carbonation. There is a slight stickiness in the finish but it is still quite dry on the tongue.
Overall: An unbelievably rich and sweet stout. My experience with dessert beers at this point is admittedly limited, but this beer has got to be near the top of the list. Rich in the nose, rich chocolate sweetness with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish. At 11% ABV this sweet warmer is not to be taken lightly. This is such a chocolaty beer that there were honest-to-goodness chocolate shavings in my glass and the bottle at the end.