JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Nice 2 finger dark tan head... black beer with a nice retention... descent lacing..
It smells dark... pretty traditional RIS aromas... lite coffee... dark cocoa... sweet cherries and other fruity esters .. really nothing special
Apparently there is lavender and heather used in the mix.. light "herbal" qualities.. dark chocolate with a fair amount of dried fruit esters... great body seems a bit chewy... nice carbonation.. Cocoa grows with the warmth...
This just seems about right for the standard PNW RIS... okay across the board.. but the flavors seem to meld better with warmth .... seems too sweet... descent.. ehhh. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft at special brews. Black with a dense and.creamy tan head that falls quickly away. Big sweet bright floral nose, the lavender and heather shine through over chocolate and dark brown sugar from the malts. Creamy thick body. Chocolate and the flowers and.herbs work together.on the mid palate to create almost a cinnamon effect along with the other flavors. Sweet chocolatey finish. marcus (10483) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
On tap at Fredfest. Pours jet black with a thin tan head and an herbal aroma. There is a very tasty chocolate and spice flavor. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Black color/ tan head. Lavender, black malt, chocolate aromas. medium to full bodied. Lavender, cinnamon, chocolate gingerbread cookie flavors with a deep roast malt base- very fucking good. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Strange Brewfest 2011 – Port Townsend, WA
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Big dark black no light gets through tasty as hell stout. Dark rich thick malts chocolate and other added spices to make this one tasty brew. The lavender was subtle and tarragon was also the same. Very smooth and easy stout to drink. Almost need a fork to drink this.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet spices on top of a dark chocolate sweetness with hints of dark fruit and roast as well. Pours black, thin tan ring, not much staying power to the foam. The flavor is sweet up front, dark fruit with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Chocolate, some roast, more sweet spice. Lots of spice, but it works well with the assertive imperial stout base. Sweet and spicy, smooth and creamy with warming alcohol in the back end. Interestingly good. IndianaRed (4871) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2011
On tap at Brewforia, Meridian, ID. Pours deep pitch black with a nice lasting tan head. Roasted spicy aroma with a slight coffee hint. Creamy and full bodied with soft carbonation. Full roasted flavor, some chocolate and a little coffee. Also a strange spiciness, molasses or Cinnimon maybe. A bit on the sweet side which focuses attention on the other flavors. Very easy imperial stout. TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at brewforia. Pours a viscous, deep black into a tulip. head turns to nothing quickly (not that it was unexpected), but a delicate lace remains. I do get a bit of lavendar in the nose, however, it’s primarily nondescript malt. Kind of uninspiring in the nose, but not bad. The taste was surprisingly complex. The lavendar really came out to me, throughout the entirety of the drink. Before knowing what was in it, I would have guessed oatmeal as an additive. It has that creamy quality in the mouthfeel. Quite a bit of sweet chocolate as well. Alcohol is nowhere in sight despite the abv. Close to full bodied, but not quite. For the abv, drinkability is off the charts due to the hidden alcohol. Not my favorite IS by any means, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft at San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Black pour, tan head. Chocolate, creamy dark malts, coffee, dark fruit, and small note of lavender. This beer is worth trying. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at KLCC Microbrew Festival. Black pour with a 2 finger tan head and some nice lacing. Smells of coffee, cocoa, cherries. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, some lavender and cherries. Pretty tasty brew, I’d love to see Ninkasi do more dark beers in the future.