This isn't the first time Cavalier has released an imperial stout and it's not the first time they've worked with Melbourne roasters Proud Mary either, having created a Black Coffee IPA to represent Melbourne for Time Out at Good Beer Week 2013. It is the first time they've combined an imperial stout with Proud Mary's coffee, however. The Imperial Coffee Stout is a draught only release and, as you'd expect, it's a nigh on black affair with a sofft brown, crema-like head. The coffee is the hero too, creating a beer that's akin to drinking a long (very long) cold espresso, with any chocolate, nut or dark fruit flavours you find in their straight Imperial Stout playing second fiddle. That said, it's a smooth coffee experience - no overt roasty or acrid bitterness, just a long, long, boozy, black shot.