Though the ‘Imperial Porter’ style doesn’t actually exist, this term certainly suits this beer best. On the dark end of the nose are chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, and smoke. A sweetness like caramel and molasses, strawberry highlights, and hints of vanilla. Alcohol comes across a tad like balsamic vinegar.
On the tongue, loads of sweet chocolate malts come out up-front, tasting something of like caramel drizzled fudge. Rich dark chocolate lays it on thick and heavy. A dense sweetness settles in mid-palate like molasses. Things suddenly get fruity, reminiscent of candied dark fruits (raisins, dates, and grapes), and port wine. A light sourness strikes on the back-end with citrus tendencies, followed by herb tones that couple together with bitter coffee. Hints of cocoa powder and vanilla fade into the distance in a resolute bittersweet finish. Flavors from the alcohol are sort of left exposed, which is where some of those dark fruit flavors are derived. This can be seen as either an asset or a hindrance, determined by your taste. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, sticky, and viscous with low carbonation, leaving with mild alcoholic warming.
This is a malt-forward, roasty beer that tastes a little like chocolate covered fruit. The sweet introduction leads to a sour conclusion, and bitter hops keep out of the mix for the most part, falling back like indiscernible background noise. A sweet fruity vibe is the main attraction here, rather than a burnt roast approach. I should advise, the alcohol is pretty intrusive here. Evil Twin continues to remind me their beer is worth the high price charged. I recommend this only to those of you with a palate deep enough to handle it.