Appearance: Pours very dark brown with a big chunky light brown head that hangs around for a bit. Filtered and not bottle conditioned.
Aroma: Very sweet aroma. Licorice, dark brown sugar, the smell of coffee roasting. Creamy vanilla and even a hint of a berry/red wine. Quite complex and definitely a malt monster! Slight twang of alcohol.
Taste: Big, full-bodied and rich. Starts off sweet with blueberries and cream with a hint of vanilla. Next comes rich espresso coffee and finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness coming from all that dark roasted malt. No hop presence at all really. Very smooth and easy to drink taste-wise but quite heavy (it’s a meal in a glass).
Reminds me of a smoother, less intense version of Browar Amber Grand Imperial Porter. Maybe not quite as multi layered in taste as it is in smell but still really enjoyable. Perfect for a cold night in a cabin high in the Ural Mountains. With a vodka chaser of course !