Appearance: pours like liquid obsidian – clear, clean, and zero carbonation. No head, no bubbles, nothing – still.
Nose: Bretty – tart and dark. Plum and grape skins with sensual silky designs. Oily, viscous. Black cacao in the back, dried and burnt. Black leather shoe polish. Prehistoric. Dew dropped earth – rainforest floor after a long shower. Old port.
Palate: a thin pale shadow of its nose. Acrid, burnt. Like chewing on black earth. Chalky in the back. Grapes and plums in the middle – tannic, leather, and tart. Flat. Liquid charcoal and tar. Starts to grow papery and dry. Black leather shoe polish – oily.
Final Thoughts: the nose offered hope and promise while the palate offered disappointment and dismay. The 2003 Imperial Extra Double Stout from Harveys was definitely not at a good stage in her life.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)