Aroma: Cocoa powder, coffee, leather, tobacco, and a hint of booze. Lovely malt driven fragrance that seduces the olfactories. Follow you nose, you’ll get a hint of cinnamon.
Sight: Inky-black soy sauce colored body envelops the glass, capped by a espresso-foam hued head. It rises, floats in mid air, then dives back to the depths. All’s left is a ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large butterfly-like pattern of the smallest of bubbles.
Taste: Much of the nose follows through to the taste. Ah, a newcomer, dry roasted malt and a dash of fig and plum. Though it starts sweet, the tide turns mid-palate, and the leathery, coffee flavors rear their heads. It finishes bitter and roasty, with more fig. The alcohol, barely perceived until now, asserts itself on the finish, adding a warming sensation to the throat. Possesses some qualities of a Russian Imperial Stout, but not as dry and hoppy.
Feel: Medium-full, tannic, dry, and just a touch oily. Great finish and keeps the beer’s sweetness at bay. This is right where an imperial porter should be. Full, but not overbearing. Carbonation provides finesse and a little bit of a scrub for the taste buds.
Overall: A great sipper, let the flavors evolve with this one. Good for sitting in front of a fire, in a leather armchair, reading a small-type, 800 page epic novel. Want to change it up? Try it with a Java cigar.
Suggestion food pairing: Earthy or nutty cheese, thick stews, chili con carne with smoked peppers, tiramisu, peanut butter brownies, as a cocktail beer.