Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture

Rocky Road

February, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

“Dark as a stormy night with a sweet kiss of chocolate bourbon;" that’s the phrase that kept going through my mind as I sipped on this luscious stout. This brew poured mighty dark, and I coaxed a nice, tightly formed head into my snifter, which was followed up in the aroma by strong, dark chocolate notes supported by a light vanilla toasted scent. The aroma was a very enticing entrance into a very sweet and fulfilling Imperial Stout.

This ale’s flavor was a terrific mix of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. It was quite balanced and was supported by a very modest hop bitterness character. In the finish, this beer left you with a very silky impression – one that stayed with me throughout the sample.

This Imperial Stout seems well-crafted, and would be favored by those who appreciate a more refined, sweeter ale. The chocolate notes are very interesting, and this would be a great sipping beer next to a fireplace with the winter winds howling outside.