9% ABV Spanish Imperial Stout, hey? Served to me blind by Sam, who purhased it in Grenada on his travels.
Pours a pleasant deep chocolate brown, with a fine creamy ring of beige that leaves minor streaks of lace. Body looks a bit light, and the carbonation is pretty timid. Looks decent though.
Nose is pretty mild, with a rounded toasty note like an English dark mild ale. Slight sweetnedd, turning a little bit biscuity, with a turn of mild carbonation or slight metal in the back. It's okay, but nothing very special.
Taste is similar. There's a slight smoothness to it which is reasonably pleasant, but this is undermined by the body, which is really quite light, and genuinely overcarbonated. It makes it feel frothy and insubstantial. Slight toasted notes on the back bring a slight semblance of sophistication, but it's a little too late.
Overall, it's decent enough. But it's tending towards the generic or the thoughtless. I'd drink it happily enough, but there's enough that's wrong with it that I genuinely don't respect it as a beer, especially something that calls itself an Imperial Stout.
61 / 100
Bottle purchased from a tourist shop at the foothills of the Alhambra in Granada. Muled back to Australia and shared with Jez.
Pours a dark brown, colour only at the edge. Head is beige, tiny bubbles, retaining about half a finger. Lace is there but not very retentive. Looks pretty nice.
Smells chocolatey, and vanilla, maybe a touch of carob. Hint of pepper with some caramel sweetness. Could use more roast; seems a bit old perhaps. OK but a bit sweet and unbalanced.
Taste is more roasty, but also has that acidity from a strong bitter flavour dissolved in too much water. Touch fsweet: chocolate/caramel upfront, then finishes coffee and astringent. Spicy, slightly boozey - hot maybe. Touch of spice on the back - pepper and maybe some smoked chilli. Pretty nice, but it doesn't have the substance to carry it all off, just feels a bit light-on in texture with a fair bit of flavour that misses the mark.
I fear this beer might be a bit old, and I feared that when I bought it, and why I went for the RIS rather than the pale ale or IPA from Mammooth which were also on sale. But yeah, there's lots of flavour still here, it just feels a bit light on and possibly faded.