Heads up: this one’s a ‘foamer,’ so be ready to pour right after popping the swivel top, lest you run the risk of having beer erupting out of the bottle. This Belgian Stout pours an ultra deep brown, nearly black color, with a massive medium-brown head. First thing our panel noticed was that this beer has the nose of a much bigger, 8+% ABV Imperial Stout, but at only 5.5%. Is it legal to have this much flavor jam packed into a “session” beer? Expect notes of chocolate pudding, fudge, orange-infused cocoa, plums coated in roasted coffee bean oils, anise, and a mildly peppery, woody hoppiness in this beer’s amazingly aromatic bouquet. Despite its moderate ABV, notes of alcohol jump out, sharpened by the hops and roasted malts. Flavors of roasted coffee are apparent, but relatively subdued—black patent malt notes come through with a slight acidity and dry stout style notes. Nuances of ginger-like spice, plums, dark berries (currants), spruce, and faint suggestions of vanilla, gin and leather round out the flavor profile. Finishes with a bit more coffee than chocolate, and woody hop notes. Vastly complex, and nice that it brings the flavor of a big, badass imperial stout without all the alcohol, meaning you can take your fill from this big bottle without gettin’ loaded. Pair with chicken mole or a chocolate-filled sweet crepe.