Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Brewer’s Note: “Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.”
This label is pretty funky. It’s another great sigil label with an awesome two-headed crowned eagle/thing and a shield with a knight stabbing a dragon, which is pretty much all I can ask for. The light blue coloring with touches of purple works beautifully alongside the gray-white background, while the fonts are crisp and simple. I would like to see all the confusing text thrown on a back label, but it is fairly well sequestered to the side of the label. This label is worthy of the scrapbook and the shelf.
The beer pours like motor oil, thick and pitch-black with a very little dark tan head/ring, bordering on mocha coloring. The beers body is blacker than night allowing no light to pass through it, and only allowing one to gaze into it and ponder what horrifying eldritch terrors must lie in wait within the glass. The beer’s lacing is long and curtain-like, though medium in thickness upon the glass. On the nose, the beer smells big and powerful, shoving sweet roasted malts into your face alongside bitter black coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, and oh-so-slight black licorice and sweet alcohol. On the tongue, the beer tastes big, roasted, chary, and bitter. The beer begins with intense sweet roast before opening into huge bitter black coffee flavors with only a faint touch of black chocolate and char. The finish is big with black coffee and alcohol and big char which lasts in the mouth like you bit into an ashy coal. On the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, oozing across the tongue like smooth velvet while its flavors brutally assault the palate. The mouth is left dry and charred, though a little saliva scrims the tongue. Overall, this beer is intense. Big and intense. It has some wonderful flavors, but they are all a little too amped up for my palate. I think this beer will do beautifully with a little bit of cellaring, but for now it just is too much to enjoyably drink. It’s a good experience, but it needs to tone itself back.