On the docket: 750mL bottle of Birrificio Indipendente Elav’s Dark Metal Imperial Stout (8% abv)
Poured into: River Horse snulip
Sight: A hue straight from the Dark One’s soul- so black it seems to suck in the light around it. A big, velvety, khaki cap of a head sits on top. Gradually, it recedes. The lacing looks like the font artist for Borknagar doodled on the rim of the glass.
Aroma: Luscious, bold dark chocolate, French-roast coffee, anise. A tingle of complex warming alcohols. Subtle whiff of pine and spice from the Chinook hops.
Taste: Roasted barley, high-cacao content dark chocolate. Smooth, almost cold-press coffee and a bitter finish to balance off the sweet malt. Long finish of black licorice and earthy, peppery spice. As it warms, a slight twang emerges, like that found in Guinness.
Feel: Medium-full. Not quite chewy, but getting there. Light, tingly carbonation.
Overall: Pleasant imperial stout from a prior-unknown Italian brewery. Puts Peroni to shame (which, FYI is owned by Asahi!! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Peroni is actually Japanese). Throw up horns and crank up the volume on some Kreator, Testament, or Opeth.
Suggested food pairing: Smoked gouda, baby-back ribs, vanilla-bean NY style cheesecake, the blood of the innocents…
… that last one was a joke