The beer pours black, darker than used motor oil. There is a half inch of brown head. The aroma is sweet, smokey, dark roasted malt, char, pure dark cocoa. The taste is the darkest of dark roasted malt, burnt without being burnt, charred without being charred, maybe due to the sweetness. There are no coffee notes, just that tangy, yet sweet, burnt but not burnt dark roastiness, like dark roasted coffee beans without the coffee, just the roast. It is full bodied, nearly thick, with a mild bitterness on the finish, just enough to keep the sweetness down and implied instead of explicit. It is not highly carbonated, but has a bit of a tingle. The alcohol starts to warm as the beer proceeds. I would love to try the barrel aged version of this beer. Anybody want to send me one?