ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST, straightest imperial stouts around, and one of the simplest grain bills, too: one hop (Willamette), three malts. As such there’s plenty of space for the nose to be utterly defined, but not garishly so, by deep roasted coffee. Cocoa overtones become more pronounced towards the beginning of the palate over the length of a pint, and its unexpectedly restrained body make it less of a sipping beer than its mouthful of a name would suggest. Moreover, there’s hardly any heat or slickness to the espresso finish to indicate its 10% ABV, though that frankly would have helped buttress its stature. Utterly black, minimal head and light effervescence. Good. Quite good. Yet an imperial stout ought to have a few treacherous pitfalls or gnarly crags, whereas this leap (lip?) of faith is across a smooth, narrow stream.
Served: On tap (Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah)