The beer pours a dense black, a bit like used motor oil. There is a short head of brown foam, dark as brown sugar. The aroma is vinous, tart, a touch boozy, raisins, prunes, some dark roast, brown sugar, vanilla, light whiskey. The taste hits all the notes of the aromas, but adds in much more dark roast, adding notes of char. The tastes meld together quite well, and the flavor is more harmonious than the aroma which is a cacophony of differing notes.