Fountain Square Brewing Company's End of Days Party. That was one of those weeks where there were too many good beers and too little time. If I couldn't take it home in a growler it probably wasn't happening.
When I found out that they were releasing it again for their Winter Luau, I had to have it.
Me, El Duque and my Saintly Wife got to the brewery when they opened at 2:00 to make sure we had a seat and to check out some of their house beers. The vibe was cool and laid back. We had a sampler then moved on to some of the seasonals. All in it was a great day, but I was in a hurry to get to the 1221 Imperial Stout. Thank God they tapped it early because I was able to get the beer at 5:30 not 6:00.
The 1221 Imperial Stout poured out a dark black without a hint of brown on the edges. The head was a mocha color and sat light and fluffy about half an inch thick. There was great lacing as the beer went down. It had a 11.1 abv, but the IBUs were not listed. Because the abv was so high, you got a tiny 8 or 10 oz glass, which made me sad, so I had two.
There was a great smokey aroma to the beer. It mingled well with scents of sweetness and cocoa. The beer had a thick syrupy mouth feel. It coated everything without sticking around too long.
It had a big chocolatey flavor with hints of brown sugar sweetness. It was incredibly heavy and over the top, which I LOVE. It had a very light hop finish (I was expecting more hops from an Imperial), but it had a very nice boozy quality. Behind all that sweetness there was a great, light but pleasant smoked flavor. This is what I thought the maple smoked beer that I had from Rogue should have tasted like. The smokiness helped to balance everything and kept he sweetness from overwhelming the brew.
This was a wonderful beer. It was well balanced for an imperial stout. It was so good I bought a shirt.
I give it a 5