Very decent imperial stout. Not normally what I would consider a summertime beer, this really does it for me. A near ideal night cap.
STYLE: Double/Imperial Stout
LOOK: Like dessert. Car tire black with a thin darkish head. Not bubbly, not fluffy, but there. What I want from this style is something that resembles whole milk. This is richer than 2% but not quite to that standard.
NOSE: Playful. Sweet chocolate milk, peanut M&Ms, raspberries, cherries, stir of licorice. It’s the light floral scent that rounds it out for me.
MOUTH: Very clean on the front, brownie batter and vanilla and dissolved rib collagen roam purposefully through the mouth. What’s notable is a whisper of lemon-orange citrus and undefined but pleasant floral notes. It finishes crisply on the back end but lingers in the cheeks, putting the mouthfeel in rare company.
Beeradvocate Rating: 91
Hayward Abbey Rating: 90