Berkshire Brewing Company - Imperial Stout
Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 22 oz. bottle, poured into a Nonic pint glass
This beer is extremely dark, as to be expected. The nearly black liquid reveals only a faint brown glow at the base of the glass, when held to light. The craterous tan-brown head quietly crackles at the top of the beer. The staying power of the foam is impressive given the beer’s high alcohol content.
The nose carries mild alcoholic esters, but is defined primarily by chocolate and espresso. The beer starts out sweet and ends sweet, characterized by caramel and coffee. The chocolate hints on the nose are more hidden in the flavor produced by the roasted malts. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick, but remains pleasant. After the finish a lingering smoke remains. Perhaps the only time you might find a mouthful of ashes enjoyable.
Final Verdict: A-