Appearance - 8
Aroma - 8
Overall - 7.5
Flavor - 8
Texture - 8

New imperial stout by Dok, with dense, tiny-bubbled, membrane-lacing, greyish beige head and black robe with thin misty burgundy edges. Aroma of toffee, Ersatz chocolate, pecan nut pie, treacle, apple juice, bubblegum, milk sugar, tea, rainwater, brownies, gin. Sweet, clean, sleek onset, touch candied date, raisin, medium carb, full and smooth body with slight bubblegummy effect; very toffeeish malt core, Ersatz-chocolatey and very gently toasted as well, with a dash of coffee bitterness throw in at the end while that toffee sweetness clearly prevails. Light peppery hop bitter notes in the finish too, along with warming, brandy-like alcohol and both the toffee and bubblegum effects lingering. Very rounded and sweet, completely in line with the way imperial stout is usually done by those hordes of both American and European craft breweries today – but I personally prefer a bit more roasted bitterness. That said, I am confident that the bourbon barrel aged variant, which is already maturing and which is scheduled for a few months from now, has everything to be truly great – I cannot wait to taste it.

Tried on 15 Sep 2021 at 11:57