So, weighing in at the bomber size of 22 oz., this brew can really put it on you. At 11.7% Alc/Vol, it can put you on the ground. So, as everybody should know by now (even with my lengthy hiatus from Newsvine), i live not too far from Epic Brewing, and they sell these in their cold case. Actually, that implies that they often have them which they dont. Earlier this year (might have even been late last year, cant exactly remember), they released the Jack Mormon Stout, which i considered to be a brilliant brew, and one of the tastiest i had ever imbibed. This was their next step.
When you crack it open, you get the initial scent of some really dark roasted coffee and a hint of mocha, kind of like a caffe mocha from your local coffeehouse. Pouring it into a pint (actually two...Shelly and i generally split these 22 oz beasts), it shows itself to be a dense, black as night stout with a creamy caramel head. Dont drop anything in there...you may never find it again. Anyway, the first taste punches you in the mouth! The dark bitterness of the roast, the cocoa nibs, and the inherent bitterness of a dark stout all work together to almost overcome your senses for a moment. When you recover your wits, you realize their is an almost whiskey element to it. Well, as it turns out, this was aged in whiskey barrels (i believe they got the barrel from High West Distillery, but that is just a hunch on my part). After that first taste, you begin to really taste the subtle sweetness on the back end of the stout. That's when this brew truly starts to shine. The cocoa, the coffee, the hint of sweetness and touch of whiskey all blend seamlessly into the Imperial Stout, giving it to be what i consider an unprecedented combination of flavors in one pint glass.
This one is a definite must try, and i consider it to have the potential for legendary status. Perhaps that wont happen, since only a few thousand were bottled, but if you can find one, you need to try it!
p.s. Here at the actual brewery, they are about $12 each. I am betting that price will be higher anywhere else though. Still....well worth the experience, in my opinion.