The stout pours an opaque black with no light showing through. It’s topped by a finger-thick cap of pock-marked tan-colored foam that shows good retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. a thin ring of foam gathers at the collar while streaks of residue coat the sides following the reduction.
The aroma is initially sweet and spicy, wafting cinnamon and chocolate. But then a scent of coffee asserts itself as the beer warms.
Bready malt leads the palate and is followed by a strong finish of coffee roast and cinnamon. The spicy and bitter mixture lingers and a sweet note of dark chocolate is picked up on the swallow.
Its feel is smooth and creamy with a nearly-full, somewhat chewy body that has low carbonation. Finishes dryly with a warming sensation from the alcohol and cinnamon.
Its appearance is good and its aroma is pleasant. Palate mixes the spicy, bitter, and sweet flavors nicely. Nice feel but could use just a bit more body. Its high ABV is managed nicely with appreciable and appreciative warmth. The Truck Stop Bandit may not steal your heart but you’re likely to enjoy this Imperial Stout just the same.