Appearance: Black, with medium cream colored head. Decent amount of lacing around the glass.
Aroma: A bit sour and fruity, but there’s a lot of alcohol that hits the nose.
Taste: Dominant coffee flavor with some hoppy bitterness at the end. Can also taste flavors of cocoa and marshmallow.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for an imperial stout. Creamy with some carbonation.
Atwater’s VJ Black Imperial Stout certainly impresses, with a unexpected sourness that’s capsulated by flavors of coffee, chocolate and marshmallow. The brew pours a solid black, and has a medium head that’s cream colored. There’s also a decent amount of lacing around the glass.
For an imperial stout, this brew is surprisingly light. It has some hops present, but is also creamy and contains some stout-like qualities. For an 11% ABV beer though, it’s anything but your typical heavy stout.