American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts & conditioned on vanilla beans, oak staves, habaneros, cacao nibs, & cinnamon sticks.
Final Rating: 4.3/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 bottle. Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Jackie O’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.
Pours a deep brown body with a one finger brown head that reduces quickly to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.
Aromas are muted upfront but as it warms, delicious chocolate-vanilla-caramel is upfront and center. Light coffee and a bit of spices muddled in there.
On the tongue.. upfront is lightly sweet cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, followed by a bit of spices (not too much), vanilla, more cocoa, caramel, finishing super charred and toasty. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, low carbonation.
I wish I had gotten more of the spices / pepper notes in here, maybe I sat on this bottle too long. The cocoa and vanilla are definitely there to make it a very enjoyable beer.