It looks like Buffalo Sweat. It has the same dense, foamy head — though it’s a little darker — and it leaves the same sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is spot-on. Coffee. Chocolate. Roasted barley, hints of toffee and a little bit of booze. Take that first sip. The familiar coffee and chocolate flavors are there, but they’re bigger, bolder and more complex. The body is thick and robust, with a velvety texture and a bitter, dry and warming finish. There’s no residual sweetness like that of Buffalo Sweat – because there’s no lactose in this brew – but an earthy, herbal hop character that bounces beautifully off the dark roasted malts. It’s the perfect silky-smooth stout to get you through the cold months ahead. One Buffalo to rule them all.
Style: Imperial Stout
Malts: 2Row, Vienna, Victory, C60, Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Oats, Dehusked Carafa III
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Northern Brewer
Adjuncts: Brown Sugar
Availability: January-March 2017 (Explorer Series limited release)