All-world compared to their Banana Bread Beer. But still like a first rounder who makes a few pro bowls as an alternate and never realizes his full potential.
STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
LOOK: Pours like chocolate syrup. Decent body that’s actually lighter than it looks at first. Can’t get a head to stick, and there’s medium-low lacing and retention.
NOSE: Campfire, figs, and roasted apples. Espresso and bittersweet chocolate dominate.
MOUTH: Purple grapes and dark fruit accent the wood-burning fire thing going on. Not that I’ve had ’em this way, there’s some roasted Nutty Bars too. Unusually, I like it less as it warms, sitting here waiting for the balance to shine only to take astringent gulp after astringent gulp with a cayenne gloss halfway down my throat.
Beeradvocate Rating: 93
ratebeer Rating: 98
Hayward Abbey Rating: 78