Had this early on in the BeerQuest and reviewing it from notes. It was part of an epic evening at Amity Hall where I was joined by my buddy Karim. I mostly remember it blowing my mind a little bit more than the Jack & Ken’s Black Barleywine had done a pint before.
The appearance is a dark ruddy black with a half finger head that’s barely brighter brown. This baby means business. The lacing sustains throughout the glass with great legs. It’s got an aroma of pure coffee/espresso with dark chocolate in delicate balance.
But the taste really blows it out of the box (or… bottle?). It’s like a train made out of coffee and you’re standing on the tracks drinking it. I fell in love. There’s sweet notes too, and they form together in the thick and rich mouth to create a lovely feel. Sits in the stomach and warms you up (hey, it was a note). There’s enough carbonation to make it not be boring when matched with its full body.
I’m happy to get this review in while another bottle sits waiting for my Beer Secret Santa recipient. He’ll be a lucky guy drinking this one. Plus it’s like… Medusa, right? Badass.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-25-2010 16:20:58