The beer pours a very deep and reddish amber in color. There is a quarter-inch of thick, creamy and long-lasting head. The aroma is malty, caramel and nutty, with some fruit and spice from the yeast. The taste is richly malty, lightly roasted and toasted, more nut than caramel, and with a nice moderately bitter and dry finish. I like the taste of this far more than the aroma. It turned out to be a solid, malty Irish ale.
2018, and still solid: The beer pours a reddish brown in color. There is a half-inch of light tan head, not long lasting. The aroma is malty, nutty, caramel, with some dark fruit and berry. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, with a dry and quite bitter finish. The beer drinks with a solid medium body and moderate carbonation.