22oz bottle from Brusin’ Ales from the Jan 2009 release (I think).
Pour is a standard jet black but it provides a very fizzy tan head. Short lived head and not much retention.
Nose and tastes give a LOT of sweetness and some bitterness that is characterized by some chicory. Definitely reminds me of the old Camp Coffee!
The sweetness is noticeable as it rings up some lactose sweetness as well. Perhaps even feels a touch infected, as if the sweetness is just about to go sour. these competing notes are held together with some dryish chocolate as well.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden. A bit of fruit, but the overwhelming feeling was that of a slightly rancid, milk sugar sweetness. Interesting.
Very drinkable and the alcohol seems almost absent when considering the numbers that are on the label.
Not really a classic RIS, more of an Imperial Milk Stout for me. You’ve really got to enjoy the sweeter side of things to enjoy this beer and luckily I do.