Tasted Monday 5 may 2009. 500ml bottle, 7.5% Alc/Vol.
By far the best Renaissance beer. Some stout- like characters are evident that just adds to the interest and complexity. Very dark, almost jet black in the glass (Without the benefit of a bright light of natural light this may show a blood red hue). poured a dense off-white head that hung around for a while. Aromas of dark roasted coffee beans, molasses, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Don’t drink this too cold or you will miss a lot of the complexities on the palate, 8-10 degrees would be ideal. Full bodied, very rich and super malty flavours coat the tongue. Exotic spice, baked almonds, toasty and charry stout-like notes, dark chocolate, boiled toffee and espresso coffee. Plenty of sweetness there but not as much as expected and certainly not dominating. Hop bitterness somehow makes it way through all those flavours and provides a pleasant finish to a marvelous beer. The 500ml bottle was plenty.