I’ve stayed away from the Imperial Stouts in my fridge for a little while. I had been drinking a lot of them and felt I need a break. Recent budget concerns made me start working through the beers I already purchased. What a smart decision that was.
This offering comes our way from Moylan’s Brewery in Novato, just south of the county line. I bought this one a few months back and it’s had a chance to “age” for about three months now. I doubt this significantly affects the beer, but I guess it is worth noting. I was pretty excited about opening this one as it gave me a chance to use my new snifter.
As you can see, this beer poured into a snifter is a beautiful thing. A thick black pour with a nice head, I had to appreciate this for a minute before getting into the beer for a smell. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma previewed a big thick stout. In your mouth, this one has the thickness of milk, covering your mouth with a sweet rush of coffee, chocolate and molasses. The alcohol is definitely there, but balanced. This one finishes very cleanly with hops and roasted malt lingering. This compares favorably to some of my favorite Imperial Stouts, very similar, in fact, to Great Divide’s Yeti.
I had a good time drinking this beer. Part of it was the new glass. I like the little things like that, and it made me enjoy the experience a little more. Mainly, I enjoyed being surprised by a very good beer. I’m not always the biggest Moylan’s fan, but this one really impressed me and will no doubt be added to the beers I keep an eye out for during the annual release.