“Ebony in color with a rich creamy head, earthy flavor and
a mellow, chocolate finish.” 6.1% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic imperial pint glass. Very standard stout coloring; nearly all black with some barely-opaque red around the edges. The head begins big and frothy, dark tan in color and settles into a thin covering throughout. Good lacing is left on the glass.
Sweet roasted malts, dark baking cocoa, black licorice, and a hint of a smoky tobacco/wood scent.
Thick-bodied and smooth going down, giving way to an aggressive bitterness. Not much flavor initially, but with a very complex aftertaste of sweet malts, bitter cocoa, black licorice and some hops. There was a bit of the tobacco/smokey flavor initially, but it subsided as the beer warmed. The flavors linger on the palate for quite a while.
Another good oatmeal stout. Each warming drink is a different experience and tastier than the last. I quite enjoyed the transformation which took place; starting the beer nearly ice cold, and drinking it slowly as it warms. Doing so let new and exciting flavors come out during the drink. There are a surprising amount if hops in it, and they round out the flavors well. This oatmeal stout has quite a few imperial stout characteristics, and for only being 6.1% abv, it certainly drinks like a huge beer. If you can find a bottle, share it with a friend. 8/10
Rogue Ales – Newport, Oregon