73 / 100
355ml brown bottle from my brewing lecturer. My bottle just calls this the Rámuri Imperial Stout, but it seems to be elsewhere known as the Bucefalo.
Pours a deep, rich black-brown, with a lovely, creamy and thick deep oily brown head. Body is smooth but fine and holds streams of fine-bubbled carbonation. Lacing forms in patches, and the weight of the body is evident as it crawls back down the interior of the glass. Looks very good.
Nose is dark, roasty and smoky, with some interesting flow-on effects from the smoke: I get some lanolin and sheep-pen, some woody notes and an evanescent character of wild fruit like lilly-pilly. Above all of this is an inherent dryness: the roast and the smoke tame it so much as to forbid any real sweetness from coming through. It's very interesting.
Taste is similarly styled: big roast and smoky char come through strongly, again railing on any real sweetness, with more of those organic sheep characters coming through as well. Very dry, husky and quite bitter on the finish. There's a smoothness in the feel, but this is again superseded by the burnt, roasted characters which provide a cutting vector through the centre.
Overall, this is a potent, dark and very interesting Imperial Stout. I'm certainly very interested that this comes from the land of bland Cerveza. It's not only a decent Imperial Stout, it's a very aggressive one: one that I'd be cowed and impressed by even if it came from a more belligerent locale.