Nose: malted milk balls with a touch of peat smoke in the back. Brittle, dry, roasted, smoked, and peaty. Whole cinnamon sticks, just a touch. Earthiness comes across as dried sticks and branches and bark. Black cherries in the middle with chocolate cream filled and chocolate dusted truffles. Vanilla and chocolate malted milk. Dark fruit stones, roasted almonds. Balanced and appetizing.
Palate: clean flavors though a bit thin in mouthfeel and weight. Malted milk sugars and malted milk chocolate. Hot cocoa powder with those mini freeze dried marshmallows. Soft woody finish. Lightly dry in the back, lingering atop the tongue. Dark fruit sweetness mingles with pomegranate essence, skirting the sides. An English porter in disguise? Chocolate powder lingers in breath. Malted milk chocolate and malted milk most prominent underneath. Unique tartly sweet tannic quality of grapey black cherry pomegranate extract – flitters in and out.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing. The malted milk chocolates, cream, malted milk was spot on and the dark fruit was an unexpected albeit enjoyable addition. Struck me more like a porter than a stout.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)