Dark brown with dense beige head, sinks evenly with small bubbles around the edge. Looks nice.
Smells quite caramel malty. Big hint of vanilla. Some tangy hops, mildly citric but also slightly grassy. Smells intriguing and pleasant, not sure really how black IPA it is though.
Taste is very roasty and bitter. Lots of toasty, charry malt, a hint of black cherry in there, some leather and mint. Spicy, then herbal bitterness on the back. Big resiny oily hops that don't contribute much flavour, mostly just a bitter finish.
A bit of Carbonation fizz, dries up a little on the back. Could use more malt padding.
More of a hoppy porter, I'd like more hop flavour in a black IPA.
73 / 100
Pours a very dark brown. Ochre kind of colour, kind of sparse, with thin lace. Nice colour and appearance, but nothing exciting.
Smells roasty and coffee-esque, with spice notes - peppery and nicely roasted espresso, but still pleasant and smooth. Cocoa and espresso, mostly, with a touch of sweetness coming organically from those two elements. Pleasant.
Taste is coffee, spicy with a touch of tartness. Lots of roasty, hints of bitter chocolate, pepper and some star anise. But yeah, big espresso coffee, a hint of vanilla, and lots and lots of cocoa. Really quite pleasant, but nothing hugely flavoursome or complex, and for the size I'm kind of wanting more.
Smooth; lots of texture in there though. Stouty but feels a bit thin, like it falls quite short for what it is.
Nice, sweetish, decent stout. Pleasant enough, but nothing amazing.
78 / 100
Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a lovely black-brown hue, with a pocked head of mocha coloured foam. It's slightly ineffective overall, the head is slightly too inconsistent, the body is a little weak and lacking in solidity. Powdery carbonation, but it flits through the body exceptionally quickly. Good look overall. I actually like it more than I should.
Nose is lovely. Big roasted characters, slightly nutty, grainy and full. It has that demi-sec roasted dryness that really separates it from its sweet vanilla bourbon-wood aged American brethren, which is quite a lovely characteristic, while still maintaining a steeped sweetness that is very pleasant indeed. Very pleasant.
Taste is good, but less full than expected. There's a pleasant roasted grain filament running throughout the palate, giving a dry crisp toasted character from start to finish. It melds pleasantly with the smoothness in the feel, but there's little sweetness or complexity to complement it and join it in its dance.
Overall, it's a really good RIS. I like that it's an RIS not an AIS. The dryness and the roastedness without the sweetness works very well, and drives that sort of crisp, sharp intensity. I think it's perhaps not as complex as some of the best sweet and complex Impy Stouts, but it's really good for what it is.
A final shout out to my mate Charlie, this was the last of the beers he brought back from Vermont and shared with me.
Pours a red-tinged dark brown, umber at the edges. Head is decent but modest and sinks fairly quickly. Nice clingy off-white lace, sinks in gorgeous sheets. Very good-looking porter.
Nose is very chocolatey indeed. A cocoa cloud with bitter-sweet chocolate, some pecan notes, darker caramel sweetness as well and a slight whisper of coconut. Simple nose, but very appealing.
Taste is a lot more sour than I expected. A bit of cocoa on the front, then descends into sourness with a fair amount of oak flavour, a slight hint of ink, but mostly a weak coffee grind character. Lacking in roastiness, it's decent but a bit lacking, needs a more rounded character and some more malt, or even some lactose, might help? Just falls off a bit on the back while being mostly tasty.
Mouthfeel is foamy with a nice body to it. Goes down smoothly. Feels like it might be thin but there's a lot of presence in the mouth. Great feel.
Yeah, a decent drinkable drop, but could use more flavour.