9.5% ABV / 75IBUs / $13.49 for 22 oz bottle (Bottled on Jul 16 2013)
Opaque black body with some visible carbonation near the head. Cola-like tan-mocha head which dissipated fairly quickly.
Soy sauce (brewed – think Kikkoman), smoke, cedar (light), tobacco, pie crust, dark fruit (plum), feint raisin and some ethanol
Pie crust / oatmeal cookie, dark fruit, raisins, molasses, chocolate donut. Finishes with tobacco and general bitterness (hard to detect hops particularly). Mocha chocolate-coffee blend. Not distinctly one or the other.
A very interesting imperial stout. Has similar complexities as found in the other oatmeal stouts (particularly the St-Ambroise), but again, can be recognized as one of the Yeti clan. Still not enough to de-throne the Espresso Oak Aged for me as the premier cryptid, but extremely good.
Pairing food with an Imperial Stout is always going to be difficult. If you must avoid the familiar chocolate dessert (tiramisu is a particular favourite of mine), I would recommend something VERY hearty like a pepper steak. Strong cheeses also work well. I would go for nuttier rather than salty as I have (personally) found very salty cheeses fight with the chocolate and coffee characteristics of imperial stouts.