Identifying the miscellaneous debris in the photo: Case for my Leatherman which I used to open the bottle. My /dev/mug currently containing a phone. The #include <beer.h> glass containing one pint of Imperial Stout. The bottle containing the remaining Imperial Stout. Retail boxes for World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft, and Windows Vista Home Basic (I’m just holding it for a friend, honest! It doesn’t even run on any of my machines anyway.) A stack of Half-Life CDs. A box of tissues (get your minds out of the gutter – I may be a lonely loser dude in his mid-20s but the tissues are used for my terrible seasonal allergies.)
Dark, Stout-y. Significant fruity aftertaste and acidic tones – very alcoholic nose. It’s what you’d expect from a very strong dark ale.
HUGE macrofoam head. Not much lacing. Very pleasant Imperial Stout without the heavy “burnt” flavors one may expect from such a dark ale.
Okay. Wow. Let me start over here.
This dark, rich, smooth ale pours a solid black out of the bottle, creates an enormous macrofoam head that sticks around for a good long time but doesn’t leave any lacing save a ring ofdark tan around the outside of the glass. The aroma is that of an Imperial Stout – fruity tones, dark coffee, very strong alcohol nose. The head is pleasant and creamy with strong acidic notes of apples. The texture is thick and solid with a solidly acidic cider-like quality. It leaves a bitter, dark coffee aftertaste. What’s absent from this Imperial Stout is the “burnt toast” flavor that other Stouts tend to have. All around, a solid very strong English dark ale.