Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout
collaboration brew with 2% Coffee Company
Hoppy? – No, no real noticeable hop flavor or aroma with this beer
Pouring this beer it seems to be a on the lighter end of the spectrum as far as a Imperial Stout would go but it is a very deep dark brown with a rather bubbly tan colored head to it, and a fairly decent amount of retention. The aroma on the other hand is just phenomenal, with nice robust coffee flavors just pouring out of my glass, along with some nice roast malts. I really love how the head on this beer even reminds me of the crema sitting on top of my freshly crafted espresso, definitely a little dramatic for a description but I think it really played well into my experience with this beer. The flavors are definitely a little more muted then I was expecting again from an imperial stout, but that’s not a bad thing at all. I found the roast coffee flavors to be very forward and then a nice balance of roast malts in the background to help round out the body with a slightly bitter sweet taste you get from a nice well pulled shot of espresso. This beer really seems quite balanced even coming in at a solid 8%, there is no noticeable alcohol flavor to it and it is a very easy drinking and enjoyable beer to relax with on a rainy Victoria night.
I would definitely recommend this beer to people who enjoy a good cup of coffee, stouts or just like to try something different. As far as the hops go in this beer, stouts generally tend to not have very much as far as aroma or flavor, but tend to be heavier in the bittering. That being said this is definitely not a very bitter beer by any stretch of the imagination, I would say it is comparable to a decent cup of black coffee with a touch of sugar.
I would absolutely buy this again, (seeing as it is only a seasonal I wish I bought a second because it was a excellent beer)