The beer pours a very dark brown and ruby, appearing black. There is a relatively short head of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, dark sugars and some dark fruits. The taste follows the aromas, brown sugar, caramelized sugar, dark berries, dark roasted nearing almost coffee. The beer drinks medium bodied with a tingling carbonation. Although there is much sweet malts, the beer ends dry with a moderate bitterness. Overall, this is very good, it could in fact use just a bit heavier body to hold up all of its nice flavors.
2017: The beer pours very dark brown, nearly black, with very dark ruby notes. There is a short head of creamy light tan foam. The aroma is dark fruits, caramel, dark roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, malty, fruity, dark roasted. The beer drinks very smooth, medium bodied, soft, with a moderately bitter finish. There is sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry with a coffee bitterness.