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On Fleek

August, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

This ale tumbled into the glass like hot oil draining from a car’s drainplug. I picked up my snifter to check it against the light, but to no avail -- it would not give up its secrets so easily. A thick, tobacco-colored foam lifted towards the top, and stayed in place during the entire sampling duration. I swirled it a few times, which released aromas of coffee, burnt toast and dark chocolate, all woven between strong alcohol tones. After letting it warm, I ventured a taste, revealing complex licorice, bold earthy bitterness, faint smoke and herbal tea. It finished with an intense and heavy mouthfeel, slightly vinous for the style, with a smooth but firm alcohol warmth. This is a big, honking Imperial Stout, and well crafted for the style. Put your feet up and relax with this one.