Oliphant Ancient Bone Saber of Zumakalis Port Barrel Aged Foreign Export Stout, 8% ABV. 1/2 quart bottle. Oliphant Brewing, Somerset, WI.
Dark brown color, nearly black, with a full, robust, creamy tan head of lasting foam floating above.
Aroma: creamy-sweet, deep and lovely. Toffee malt with oak-y delights. Extra-sweet port characteristics start to seep in. Getting richer and redder. Wider and winier.
In the mouth: Slides into the senses sweetly, assuredly, and with with full aplomb. Charges in with all the confidence of a rich robust export stout and all the savoire faire of a spy that snuck in through a port barrel. It's got the sweet, and the slightly tart & fruity wine character, and it's just about nice as can be. Then comes the chocolate and a little bit of coffee, too, to go with the toffee. Sweet, sour, dry and fruity, all at once, and going round in circles. The stout comes rolling back, too, full of richness and dark, deep malts. Mmmm. Also, mmm-hmmm.
Part of my wishes I'd aged this mini-growler longer. The rest of me is happy I had it tonight.