Hop Strike Black IPA - This 6.5% ABV beer pours an absolute black, with a small head of light brown foam that leaves sticky lacing of light to medium density down the glass. The aroma is fresh, piney, citrus hops dancing over dark roasted malt, with coffee and dark chocolate. The two combine to create an almost smokey effect, like walking by a burnt building on a dewy morning after a fire the day before. The taste is dark roasted malt forward, with all the flavors of the aroma. It drinks like a dark, rich stout that finishes with a fresh, bracing hop bitterness. I like how this beer finishes.
Imperial Nut Brown Ale - This 9.0% ABV beer is brewed with maple syrup. It pours a somewhat hazy, very dark brown and ruby in color. It is very dark. There is a slight head of light brown. The aroma is very sweet, malty, caramel, somewhat burnt, a bit nutty. The taste is malty, very sweet, caramel, roasted, nutty, with just enough hops to balance the sweetness and prevent it being cloying. The mouthfeel is a bit flat, but otherwise a pretty tasty beer. I expected it to be too sweet, but it is not.