The beer pours a dark brown and glistening dark ruby. There is a relatively short head of very light tan foam, somewhat creamy. The aroma is caramel and cherries, with subtle effects from the oak. The taste follows the aromas, rich and deep caramel, dark fruit, mostly cherries, with an astringent oakiness. The finish is dry, more woody than bitter, and a bit spicy and/or alcohol heat. It has the fine, but intense carbonation of bottle-conditioning.