Thank you Michael Gillhouse for donating yet another beer to the blog. I've tried this a couple times at RIBCO in Rock Island, but never got a chance to accurately log. Finally tasted on a lazy afternoon at the Misewicz residence. Split into wine glasses.
Appearance: No visible head except for a small ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. The color is a deep chocolate brown with a slight ruby tint that is visible when held up to the light. Relatively clear beer with no visible carbonation because the color is so dark.
Aroma: Scent of dark chocolate and a bit of molasses as well as an earthy oak aroma. There is a boozy aroma that escapes from the beer. Though it still maintains a clean crisp smell.
Taste: Sweet malted barley originating from chocolate and caramel. Little taste of roastiness except in the finish after the alcohol has washed over the palate and the hops have made their mark. Slight hint of booziness at the end of the sip; the alcohol is made apparent by the warming affect in the back of the throat though this may be related to a vinous like character. Generally the taste is quite clean and even refreshing, while the alcohol certainly doesn't make it seem like it is 10% ABV. The flavorful chocolate makes a foundation by which all other flavors may play off of. Aftertaste is short lived and only appears on the breath
Mouthfeel: Light bubbly body with a crisp texture and nothing noticeable stick about it. The beer is dangerously drinkable. Fizzes the entire tongue, but in a softer manner.
Overall Impression: A fantastic stout like beer that is paralleled by few. Its robust chocolate maltiness and the clean taste make for a very distinguishable beer. Boastful and big, but very refreshing and nicely simple.