70 / 100
22oz brown bomber purchased from Chuck's Hop Shop in Seattle.
Pours a deep ebony brown colour, with a fine beige head that requires a little bit of inducement to create. It sticks around though as a fine ring that leaves spotty lace. Body is quite slick, but with a lightness to it that means it moves swiftly. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is very toasty. There's a pronounced toastiness to the aroma that hints towards dark bitterness. It's tempered though with some dusky fruit, with a hint of tannic wine and cherry. Undertones of chocolate and coffee fill in the gaps. It's nice.
Taste is similar, with a slickness through the body, but a pronounced roasted bitterness that provides the main spike of flavour. Sweetness is much dampened, mostly coming in the form of the additional body. But there's a pleasant nutty aftertaste that persists once the ashy bitterness settles down towards the back. It's pretty good.
Feel is slick and wet. Carbonation is very low.
Overall: yeah, it's pretty pleasant. It's not the most complex or even the most well-crafted of imperial stouts I've had. But it's very solid and it has some pleasant balance to it. That counts for a lot.