81 / 100
Pours a dark colour, almost pitch-black. Slight hint of brown up to direct light. Head is not beige, or ochre, but brown. Bronzey sort of brown. Very dense, bubbles pop here and there but it's sticking around, about an inch thick. Leaves some nice spidery trails of lace. Very nice.
Nose, look, has huge darkness in there, but somehow doesn't reach the depths of the abyss. A large amount of dark chocolate, but yeah, mostly spice, huge peppery sensation and a lot of liqueur notes. But wow, smelling deeply makes my eyes water. It smells strong, more than anything, like a good cognac. But very pleasant.
Taste is surprisingly palatable. Strong, yes, but starts like dark chocolate and has notes of raisin in there and some blood plum, then gets very alcoholic towards the end, spicy and phenolic with black pepper notes and a lot of vinous flavours, oak and burgundy, some rum, yeah. Definite noticeable alcohol, but it comes through full of flavour, it's all roasty and alcoholic at the same time. Really, really good flavour. This is the sort of beer I adore. Strong like a cock, but flavoursome as a minge. I tasted this blind, was stunned to find out this came from a can.
Thick feel, makes your mouth very sensitive though, with its harsh alcohol. Huge amount of body to it, just a bit harsh.
Couldn't drink it every day, but a damn fine drop.
85 / 100
Bought from Whole Foods Market in Chelsea, New York. Carried back with loving care to Australia and shared with my bro @laituegonflable.
Dark opaque black colour, with just the hint of brown at the edge. Head is a creamy and delicious smear of chocolate coloured foam across the top. Quite turgid and frothy, with amazing lace. Looks extremely dark and exceptionally full bodied. The tiny bubbling in the head is exceptional - it's bordering on creamy without the gimmick of pure creamy-headed stout. Really awesome.
Deep, dark and boozy notes of fresh licorice, charred grain, leather and (almost) smoked fish. It's incredibly smooth and complex, with so many dimensions cavorting around. But despite this, it seems so well integrated, as though I'm viewing it from far away, and the radically different elements are all part of one succinct and coherent whole. Quite remarkable.
Smooth and creamy on the palate, and certainly not as intense as it could have been. Roasted notes of high-cocoa chocolate, vienna-roast coffee and smooth bourbon vanilla make it rich, but approachable. Finish is full and rather sweet, despite the carbonised coffee bean rawness; and the smoky tessitura just accentuates the otherwise full-bodied rounded character that makes up its bulk. Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly more tingling from the alcohol than expected.
A very robust and complex but enjoyable impy stout. It packs a punch, but is unexpectedly drinkable given the ABV and the style. This is a really good and extremely layered beer - extremely worthy of appreciation.
(Without a doubt, the best beer I've yet had from a can).