Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.
A rich, sweet stout with a minimum of seltzery-ness that quickly delivers a sweet vanilla cream, but the sweetness isn’t overpowering the malts. There’s a light bitterness that plays out on the tongue in in the aftertaste. A light smokey taste lingers afterwards, as does the sugary-sweetness, complimented by a melting mocha.
The aroma wafts a sugary-sweet ale with very distinct hops to the nose carried by a heavy caramel underlayer. There’s a scent of something else present that escapes me at the time of this writing, but it’s good!
Overall, this stout is surprisingly well balanced and not heavy in body or taste despite being labeled a full-bodied beer. The 6% ABV is just enough to enjoy a round or two without feeling knocked out. A great wintry beer that won’t leave you feeling bloated and ready for a cold-nights coma.