Appears pitch black. One of the thicker beers I’ve had in some time. A was able to get a very small 1/8″ head even with an aggressive pour. It reduces to a thin ring almost immediately. The lacing consists mainly of the syrupy thickness coupled with the thin brown head, if you can call it that. The syrupy thickness sticks to the sides of my glass more than the head itself.
This is one of those beers that capture your attention right away based on the wafting aromas present during the initial pour. Dominate roasted oats, malt, and mild chocolate finishing with a wood smoke. As the beer warms, the smoke is followed by some booziness at the end of the inhale. The roasted oats really shine here.
Tastes of roasted oats, oats and more oats attack the palate quickly. I also get some dark fruits, dark coffee, chocolate, barley, molasses, a hint of vanilla and wood smoke. Sweetness adds to the complex flavors. Hops are present, but take a back seat to the deep roasted oats and smoky character of this beer. Alcohol warmth is welcomed at the finish. This is one tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue. Moderate carbonation with a smooth, creamy texture even though you can feel the thickness of this beer completely coating everything it touches from sip to swallow.
Overall: One of the best Imperial Oatmeal Stouts I’ve ever had. Hoppin’ Frog has quickly become one of my new favorites. Well done!!!