Thanks go out to Beerinator for the opportunity to try this as part of XBIF 39.
22oz bottle, with silk screened notes.
Pour is dark, dark garnet brown with a nice head but it is short lived. Very little lacing to speak of and only a small film of fine tan bubbles are left behind.
Sweet vanilla notes in the nose with some lactose sweetness too.
The mouthfeel is thin for a 9.00 ABV beer, but this is not really a problem as the tastes hold it up well.
Tastes have a lactose sweetness and a biscuit malt. There is a definite port/vanilla taste that fades quickly to a sweet finish. Quite dry in the end with some definite alcohol coming through. On warming more very mild coffee, vanilla and alcohol notes come through. Richer.
Interesting, and I enjoyed it, but the lack of bitterness and hop character will not be to everyone’s liking.