As soon as they had all the green lights lined up for their new brewery, the Cavalier guys didn't waste much time getting around to having a little fun. There was the Black Coffee IPA brewed with Melbourne roasters Proud Mary to represent Melbourne at Good Beer Week 2013 and the return of their Imperial Stout, a beer that, like their Imperial IPA, hasn't featured very often but has tended to leave the beer geeks gagging for more. It's easy to understand why, as within its dense 10 per cent body is a heady blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, nutty and dark fruit flavours. It's smooth too: the sort to sip and savour over a cold winter evening as, like a big wine or a stripper in a $2 for 45 seconds joint on Swanston Street, it gradually opens up and reveals more and more of itself over time.
UPDATE: As of August 2013, this beer is available widely in 500ml bottles. Same massive flavour, smaller bottle (or some other daft marketing tagline to be applied as you see fit...)