Beer Type: Russian Imperial Stout - 10.20% ABV
Appearance: 12oz black/brown bottle with a nice narwhal image and a classy font. Beer poured a dark (dark!) black. Just black. A tiny bit of brown head quickly faded but leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: First up is the dark chocolate smells followed by some roasted coffee and some hops in there as well. And just a hint of the high ABV too.
First Drink: A lot of dark malt flavor here followed up with a nice bit of hops bite and something not unlike the bitter taste of black licorice (without the anise/licorice flavor... does that make sense?).
Mouthfeel: A thick beer with a bit of carbonation but not a lot. A little sticky on the palate.
Last Drink: Just lots and lots of roasted malt flavors! Dark chocolate, coffee, a tad bit of toffee, then just a hint of hops and a big bitter finish.
Drinkability: I've come a long way on liking dark beers and this one is right up there for me.
Notes: Limited edition and I only manged to score one four pack this year! It was the last one at the "friendly local beer store" so here's hoping I see it again next time around.
Verdict: 4.75 out of 5. A lot of dark roasted malt flavor levels going on here. A good beer for sippin' as you plunge beneath the depths...