Before I even got the beer to a glass, the coffee aroma hit me. Holy Black Beer! I am not normally one to comment on the appearance of the pour and head and color, but in extraterrestrial situations I have made exceptions. This is the blackest of black can be black! The aroma is rich, with plenty of chocolate and coffee there, roasted and sweet.
The flavors start out with roasted and burnt (not in an annoying way like some others) creamy coffee. The fine bubbly carbonation is a great complement to that, though the carbonation is a bit lacking. Chocolate, vanilla and oak are also prominent players in this beer, not surprisingly. There is a little sweet and spicy combination, too. The 9.5% alcohol of big 22 was only barely noticeable, but it did chop up the body in the end (like Jeffrey Dahmer). Smooth with a pleasant aftertaste left behind. A really nice beer, although I must admit that Oak just isn't my gig. Check it out for sure!
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