The beer pours an extremely dark mahogany brown with hints of ruby and garnet. There is a short head of off-white to very light brown foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, sweet, tangy and smoky like peat smoke. The taste follows the aromas, sweet dark roasted malt, a light mineral tang, and a dense smokiness, almost salty, like strongly smoked bacon. The bottle says a subtle smoky flavor, but you could make barbecue sauce with this beer.