The beer pours black in appearance, with deep ruby when held to the light. There is a short head of tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha coffee, sweet, creamy, with that tang peculiar to stouts. The taste is dark roasted malts, rich, nutty, chocolate, coffee, light char. There is sweetness, but it never gets out of hand, and finishes roasted and dry with a light bitterness. The beer drinks smooth, with a tingle of carbonation. This is really, really good. It could use just a tiny bit more heft or fullness in the mouthfeel to match those wonderful flavors. I see why this got a gold medal. Now, it’s done all the time, but I still can’t wait for, and really hope they do, a barrel-aged version of this.