8th Street Grille for giving me a bottle of this a couple weeks ago. The thought passed my mind of letting it sit and cellar for another year, but that idea was quickly abolished. Eamon, Andrew and I (and Pat) tasted this on Friday afternoon in the lab after dry hopping one of the tanks of Hatter (and while the rest of the crew was at the golf outing). We all brought to the table (or lab bench if you will) a rarity to share. Eamon brought a Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island, and Andrew provided a KBS. This beer however was a beast of its own.
A loud spritz introduces the beer.
Appearance: Even after a vigorous pour, the beer produced a very minimal head, if that. Black in the glass, but a clear brown color as it streams into the glass. Still looking with a slight cream ring.
Aroma: A rich biscuit chocolate aroma perfumes from the glass with a vengeance. The front of the beer is choked full of sweetness with notes of molasses, toasted wood as well as chicory and a touch of burnt toast. The finish rounds out with a chocolaty liquor and ethanol burn, though not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: It's what to be expected, the carbonation is thin and light, while the body is syrupy while the mouthfeel seems thin in some way, probably derived from the high alcohol content. The finish is drying and leaves a resin on the tongue.