Thanks go out to RustyDiamond for the chance to sample this one at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. 22 oz bomber.
VERY dark pour, almost black with a substantial head. This “looks” like a stout. Plenty of roasted malts present, even with some burned character. A little cooking chocolate in there too. Couple that bitterness with an extremely hoppy taste and aroma and you have a beer that drinks with some stout characteristics.
Not really my cup of tea for an American Strong. I prefer the Bastards that seem (as odd as it sounds) to have more balance than a beer like this.
Probably wouldn’t bother again with this fresh, but I’d imagine that at least I would like this aged somewhat. I’d like some hops taken off the top, and for the beer to smooth out a little. Many would disagree I suspect, simply because they love the huge hop presence.