The beer pours extremely dark brown to black in color, the deepest, darkest ruby when held to the light. There is a tall, thick, foaming head of light brown. The aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark caramel, very herbal, woody, a bit yeasty, with an underlying note of mostly sweet and somewhat tangy dark cherries. The taste is dark roasted malts, dark caramel, nearing burnt sugar, woody, almost charred, and again the underlying note of dark cherries. The beer is round, yet fizzy, with an intense, bottle conditioned carbonation.