Original notes 02/27/05
A definite viscosity in the pour, that, coupled with the opaque blackness, lets you know that you are in for something of genuine quality.
Pour is classic, black stout black, with a small, bubbly head that ultimately fades to the type of head I love on a Porter or Stout – that classic, spotty, creamy, tan film that lingers and laces the glass.
Initial notes are of depth. Deep, bitter flavors of cooking chocolate – that really bitter, cocoa flavor, a small amount of smoke – but very little, and some dark fruits like raisins or plums?
Drinkability is high, with smoothness and satisfaction being the most important factors in the ease of consumption. Alcohol level is nicely hidden in the hop malt balance, but still has enough clout to make you feel like you consumed a relatively high ABV beer.
Very satisfying and largely pleasurable.