12.7 fl oz bottle from Tavour. I believe it was $21.99.
It’s not a very attractive pour. Now, you can say, “Well, what were you expecting?”, and there would be some validity to your criticize of my comment , but that doesn’t make my statement any less correct. No head (of course at this ABV), and there’s a turbid, reddish brown hue to the beer. Light doesn’t penetrate much, but the brownish-red nature is more obvious in better light.
Nose is not a great deal more than a massive amount of sweet alcohol. As it warms there is a little more Madeira. Sticking my nose further into the wine glass, it becomes even more vinous and sinus clearing. A LOT of alcohol here! Some brown sugar brings up the rear.
It’s pretty thin in the mouth to be honest. No real hint of the base beer of an 18% Imperial Stout that might be there. I think some might confuse the cloying nature of the beer for richness. I don’t think that’s there.
The tastes are VERY jammy. A lot of sweetness, and the significant jam notes of a red wine with that particular characteristic. The jam notes are the overwhelming experience here, in fact there really isn’t that much else going on. Lots of dark plums, a little spice (maybe), and a touch of red wine tannin, but warm alcohol and the jam are the basic, recurring experience here.
The finish delivers an strong expected alcohol burn. All of the taste attributes meld together better in the end than they present up front.
For me, better as a 3-4 oz pour as a digestif. You could EASILY feel like this was some port clone or even a really thin, cheap port. I dunno, I guess that I really want beer to be like … you know … beer.