The beer pours straight and dense black, dark ruby when held to the light. There is an inch of creamy, foamy head which is light brown in color. The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, with a bright and grassy hoppiness too. The taste follows the aromas directly, with a light, pleasant tang on the finish. It is very flavorful with lots of dark roasted malt notes, but drinks light without being watery. It has a moderate carbonation. Solid.
Trying in 2017: The beer pours a very dark brown, basically black. There is a half-inch head of light tan foam. The aroma is dark fruit, tangy, creamy, rich, dark chocolate, with a bit of char. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, dark roasted malt, with fruit, cocoa, and char. The beer drinks light and smooth, big taste on an easily drinkable body. The finish is mostly dry with light bitterness.