Alameda been around since 1996 and aside from producing some funky, notable beers (Burghead Pictish Heather Ale, Spring Rose Doppelbock with rose petals), I really don’t know much about them.
It’s 7% alcohol by volume, not huge as these things go, but certainly big enough.
Appearance: Poured black and still, as if there’s almost no carbonation (there was a hiss on opening)—small bit of head that’s dirty brown. Opaque.
Smell: Sweet black licorice and Turkish coffee. Mellow roastiness, a sweetness that reminds me of marshmallow burnt over a campfire.
Taste: Deep black roasted malts and sweet burnt sugar syrup. Very mellow, no astringency, very smooth creamy texture that has a dark chocolate silkiness thing going on. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy and full-bodied, but masks it well.
Overall: Sweet, tasty, extremely well-done stout, deserving of its medals.