Tear off your suit-and-tie straightjacket; this soulful beer plunges you into the blackness we are normally numb to. Submerge yourself in the riches of an alternate life, outside the corporate fishbowl. Obscured in the depths of this Russian Imperial Stout you encounter a full-roasted body that provides food for dark contemplation. Hiding behind the toasted tones lurk intriguing wisps of complex flavors: aged woods, fresh fruits, earthy nuts. This malty exploration of the soul leaves you wondering: was the darkness in the bottle, or was it in me all along?
Appearance: Very little light penetrates the shadowy brew. Topped by a thin, dark-brown head, only a thin veil separates you from the obscurity beneath.
Smell: The immediate sensation of roasted sugar and caramel tones. A sharp undercurrent of tropical hops follows.
Taste: Rich roasted grains plays well against the hoppiness, with an undertone of baker’s chocolate. Chestnut wood and hazelnuts round out the experience with a distinct earthy nuttiness.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, full-bodied feel with a malty thickness and aggressive bitterness that coats the tongue.
Food: Coffee-Cocoa Crusted Angus Beef Striploin
Cheese: Gjetost – Norwegian Goat Cheese
Cigar: Berger & Argenti – Entubar