Appearance: Black and thick like oil, not a single ray of light penetrates it. The head is a rich brown color, but it fades quickly leaving a ring around the side of the glass. I like a dark stout and this is about as dark as it gets.
Smell: I get the obvious malt that one would expect from a stout, but this is different. I can’t say how though. I guess it’s like a dark roasted coffee. I also get chocolate and fresh grain.
Taste: I was instantly shocked that I got such a clear taste of hops as soon as it hit the tongue. That very quickly goes into a perfectly made cup of coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown as I expected a very full bodied beer. It’s more medium bodied, like hot chocolate. Also, I can’t say enough about how well balanced this beer is. The flavor of grains, I’d assume oats, carries through in an indescribable way. (So I won’t describe it!)
Overall: Wow. This was a winner. I hate giving out scores over even 85, but this deserves that and more. 90/100. If you are a stout fan this is a must. I only deducted points because of the mouthfeel and the head. Wow!
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