Well, that was a mouthful. And so is this beer!
This aged Norwegian Imperial Stout pours jet black from the bottle with not a hint of a head. The consistency is not unlike thin syrup. The aroma is of vanilla and oak with a hint of carbon, aromatic hops, and black patent malt. The foretaste is of bitter chocolate with a heavy, creamy mouthfeel. The midtaste continues the creaminess and the cocoa flavors and adds a welcome bit of alcoholic burn. The rear taste is of sour apples, cognac, vanilla, and creamy chocolate. The aftertaste is of cognac, alcohol, and chocolate with a pleasant, crisp hint of flavorful, bitter hops. Be forewarned: This beer is unfiltered so the yeast settles naturally to the bottom. Don’t be surprised if you find a bit of flocculated yeast in the last dregs of the bottle. It won’t hurt you if you drink it.
I confess that I grabbed this bottle because it had a weasel on it. Those who know me know that my fursona is a ferret, which is pretty much a specialized weasel. 😉
Overall, this is a very fine beer designed for sipping after dinner or with a rich, decadent dessert. Silly me, I had it with a cheeseburger and grilled pineapple. 😛