Stout? *Russian Imperial* Stout?? I can't believe it as this beer pours, frothy and effervescent, and exploding out of the small 330ml bottle. The body is a mid-brown colour, like the hue of a Belgian Dark Ale, with a frothy and crackling head of egg-shell white. The over-exuberant carbonation agitates the sediment, too, meaing I'm left with a clot of floaties in the bottom of the glass.
In no way, shape or form does this look close to a RIS. I'm going to take this as a Strong Belgian Dark from here on.
Nose is more in this vein, and certainly doesn't have much roast character. Instead, it's boozy and sharp, with round Belgian yeast characters, but even these are subdued and a little uninspiring. More of a sweaty grain character riddled with the cheap hot alcohol. Eh.
Taste is hot and thin, with a peppery mid palate and an ashy tobacco leaf finish. Booze screams all over the palate, from front to back and left to right, leaving it with the attractiveness of metho and paint thinner. No subtlety and no finesse.
Feel is thin, but hot from booze. Blergh.
Wow, probably one of the worst Belgians I've ever had. This was just lacking in quality all over the shop, be it stylistically, or holistically. Just hot, clumsy and unsubtle. Almost undrinkable.