The beer pours black in appearance, very dark brown with tints of dark red when held to the light. There is a tall half-inch of creamy and very light tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, molasses, earthy, bitter dark chocolate. The taste follows the aromas, nicely charred, very smooth, very balanced. This has a great creamy feel from the oats. The finish is dry with a moderate bitterness. It has just enough body for all the flavors, but is still easy to drink. There are no off notes at all, this is really good, worth repeating.