This 10.2% ABV stout is from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California.
The beer pours a dense black in color. There is a relatively short head of brown foam. The aroma is creamy, dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and cocoa, some dark fruits, and light char. The taste is more dark roasted malts, hitting the same notes, but much more intense in the flavors than in the aromas. Loads of chocolate and cocoa, some coffee, light char and light fruit tones. The beer drinks full, but not heavy, with a tingle of carbonation. There is loads of sweet malt in there, but the finish is quite dry and bitter. This is one really nice imperial stout, I sure would love to get my hands on a bottle of the barrel aged version.