Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout after 83 weeks in my cellar

Still pours oily black-brown with a fluffy, undulating chocolate milk coloured head. The nose leaps out of the glass. I could smell it while pouring an arms-length away. The nose seems more ‘separated’ than I remember. As though a year in the cellar has caused the chocolate and the alcohol to strike-out in their own directions. The result is almost astringent, although underlying notes of dark cherry and vanilla come through with deeper inhales. The phenomenon is repeated on the palate where the chocolate and the alcohol seem to fight for balance. One could definitely say that ageing has brought complexity to this brew; however, this might be a case where complications aren’t necessarily a good thing.

My original review:
Motor oil black; Black Forest cake nose; chocolate & cherry on the palate with only a hint of bitterness.

Great Divide Brewing Co. Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout @greatdividebrew

Pours jet black with a rich dark brown head. Baker’s chocolate, coco and espresso jump out of the glass. Buttery sherry makes a brief appearance before disappearing into a soft cask house aroma (anyone who’s visited a large whisky distillery’s barrel ageing warehouse will know the smell) with just a tinge of alcohol burn. Bitter chocolate and coffee dominate the palate. Burnt espresso plants it’s flag on the finish.