Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Reflecting the beer’s sinister-yet-intriguing label, Lunatic pours inky black, quietly filling the tulip with a dense beer and compact deep mocha head. Loose bubbles form a collar of lace around the glass as the pile of foam lurks away.
A colossally robust aroma oozes with heavily roasted malts, which impart notes of sticky molasses, large milk chocolate chunks, oatmeal with traces of burnt brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla bean. Lunatic isn’t all malt though, in fact it’s quite schizophrenic, producing overtones of earthy, pine-suggestive hops that carry subtle notes of citrus on the back end.
Some of Lunatic’s sweeter, richer aromatic qualities are lost in flavor as this beer becomes roasted and bitter, focusing on dark chocolate, molasses, and maduro tobacco while maintaining a pine-like hop character throughout that trails off with faint hints of grapefruit.
This black, robust beer has a viscous body as thick and chewy as it looks with dense malt character smoothly coating the tongue and subtle warming alcohol poking through the bitter finish.
Lunatic is a bipolar imperial stout that lures you in with a robust nose that balances roasted malt bitterness with milk chocolate-like sweetness but turns dark and acrid in flavor and feel with molasses and maduro tobacco. Finishing bitter though punctuated by both hops and malt, it’s a damn fine imperial stout perfect for sipping and winding down on a cold winter day.
Score: 87 / 100 - Wonderful