zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, NC (brewed November 2011, bottle 264 of 600). First of all, the bottle. This is a 750 mL bottle dipped in blue wax. The label lists this as the Second Edition. The number is done by hand and the label looks like it were from Nathaniel Greene’s time (1742-1786) from the yellowed parchment colored label to the old style typeface and even the old-school abbreviation for North Carolina (No. Carol.). All are interesting touches and for only $9 this is an attractive looking package. The pour is dark brown, almost black, with a silky looking khaki head. Amazing aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and faint grassy hops. Heavy smoke is noted on the initial taste but more coffee and chocolate can be detected after the first few sips. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout. A touch of warmth from the alcohol is noted. Overall, the pour and aroma really had my hopes up for an outstanding beer, and perhaps with more time this will be, but this is a pretty average Imperial Stout by my estimation.