22oz bomber from Green’s on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA.
VERY strange. I did not do any research on this before I opened it so I didn’t not know what Lagunitas had put together for the latest Zappa release.
The pour was essentially dark brown with some murkiness and not much head or lace. I get some thin film of froth on the surface.
This beer is incredibly sweet (even for me and my sweet tooth). EXTREMELY malty. It was difficult to get a handle on the style (without checking it out first) and I thought this might be an Imperial Brown Ale or even a Dubbel/Belgian Ale (due to all of the candied sugar notes). To find out it was a RIS was very surprising. Frankly as a RIS it’s poor; if you ignore that and take it for what it is (a malty bomb) then you’ll be OK.
Not much else here, it’s all sweet malts and no bitterness. I get Belgian candy notes and a touch of chocolate porter-like malts. A very light touch of licorice in the back end is the only hint of bitterness and stout character that I get. Cocoa and baking chocolate finish. A touch powdery.