RIGOR MORTIS - a beautiful, rich coppery coloured beer that is cloudy and at best translucent. The pour produces a minimal off-white tan, very creamy head that lasts only a short time but the remaining lacing is quite attractive. Carbonation, while only modest, has very effective staying power and gives the beer a noticeable texture on the tongue throughout the duration of the drinking.
Rigor Mortis has an intense flavour that can best be described as a combination of spices plus chocolate and caramel notes with the moderate sweetness of a blend of fruits. I don't want to use the word non-descript as it sounds so pejorative but I think it's apt in that no single fruit comes to the forefront in taste. If I could persuade myself that any taste was discernible it would be a dark fruit such as raisin. Certainly I wouldn't describe it as citrus based by any means even though the wheat content on the label might lead you to think it would be there..
Speaking of labels, RIGOR MORTIS is described as an extra strong abbey-style brown ale. Certainly extra-strong is an apt description. At 10.5% alcohol by volume, it qualifies as one of the strongest beers I've ever tasted. And it is certainly THE strongest beer that I've ever tasted that I'd give a very favourable review to in the taste department as well.
The texture is rich, creamy and wonderfully silky and, given its strength, one might almost say it drank like a liqueur. I read reviews that suggested this was a beer that would do well with aging into the six month range. That may well be so but the bottle I drank had only been brewed 3 months ago.
I wonder if RIGOR MORTIS is intended to describe the condition of the unsuspecting drinker who tries to polish off too many of these little gems. A highly recommended, very repeatable beer ... just not in a single sitting!