"Oh boy!" I proclaimed upon tasting this stuff. It's a thick, chewy beer with a strong, solid body and big, dark malts. It tastes of molasses, black licorice, oak, and an almost cloying sweetness. The alcohol, though it's just 11% ABV, is hot and lingers throughout the aftertaste, which is really not unlike that familiar bourbon burn.
This is an impressive imperial stout, though I have to admit that it was perhaps a bit too much for one sitting. I think two people could easily share a 12oz bottle of this stuff, and it is probably best served in a snifter. Overall, an interesting beer experience! By the way, for those interested in tasting this beer, we'll be opening it this evening at Bear Creek Beers.