I purchased this beer at Whole Foods in Midtown East. I found that they have an incredible beer selection, and also picked up the new Founders Dissenter IPL (review coming next week) as well as a six pack of the Anderson Valley Gose. As many of you probably have figured, I am on a real Evil Twin kick, and have fallen in love with the stouts they make. Not really a summer beer, but I didn't want to wait until fall!
Served semi-chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color with a one and a half finger tan foam head. Smells are of coffee and roasted malts. Carbonation is moderate to light with a full body. Taste is of coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate and a creaminess. There may be some hints of very dark fruits, raisins perhaps, as well as some licorice. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, and resembles the aftertaste of a cup of black coffee or espresso.
This beer was wonderful. It was a well balanced imperial stout, and scored highly for me in every analytical category. This definitely ranks up there with the best of the imperial coffee stouts, though scores just a bit behind Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee, KBS, and Parabola. If you can find this bottle, definitely pick it up, since it was brewed only once. It can be aged for several years or consumed fresh. I would definitely consider picking up another for aging purposes if I can find it.
$9.99/12 oz bottle (share with a friend to bring the price down!)