The beer pours a very deep, dark brown, ruby and garnet, looking essentially black except when held to the light. There is a short and thin head of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and light bourbon. The taste takes all the aromas and melds them together, takes off any harsh edges, and makes a smooth, round, full, sweet, bourbon delight. A bit boozy, but within the scope of the beer, warm, lots of sweet malt notes, woody, but ending smooth and warm. The first sips are divine, but it gets back the sharp notes from the aroma in the taste as it progresses. If they could make the whole glass drink like the first few sips, they would have a five star.