This 8.3% imperial pours with the predictably opaque deep brown body. No light penetration and fairly viscous - although nothing like the unctuous chewy molasses of some of the bigger brews.
Tan head with a mixture of bubble sizes. Snake-like lacing up and down the inside of the glass.
A monster of dry cocoa on the nose - genuinely dry and smokey. Tobacco, tar, heaps of freshly brewed strong coffee. Crisp, charcoal fire, Turkish delight.
Initial whack of bitter coffee and dark, dry, cocoa powder. Fairly robust carbonation giving the style and strength of the brew. Lingering American hops, espresso bitterness, some purple violets and a touch of sweetness over the lasting bitterness.
Delicious and complicated - as seems to be the consensus here. Not as sweet as some of the 8%+ brews, but balanced, deep and rich all the same.