APPEARANCE: Typical jet black stout. Initially forms a generous, fluffy, tan head, but it evaporates and leaves little lacing.
SMELL: You’re sure this isn’t a Russian Imperial Stout? Smells like sour red grape and Hershey’s chocolate milk syrup. Noticeable booze aroma too.
TASTE: Just like the nose: sour red grape and chocolate syrup. Surprisingly mild palate. Not much bitterness or aftertaste. Does dry my mouth out with sourness, though. This palate just seems off. Doesn’t have the roasty notes of a good imperial stout. Alcohol is way too prominent for only an 8.6% ABV beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Thin, watery, wet, tepid, flat.
DRINKABILITY: I can get this down without much trouble, but the palate is so mild and the mouthfeel is so weak it’s not really enjoyable to drink. Alcohol is tolerable, but distracting.
OVERALL: Not a bad beer at all, but I don’t like it.