The beer pours black in appearance, with just a bit of dark brown on the edge if held to the light. It has a short head of tan foam that does not last long. The aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, and quite nutty, light hazelnut with almonds and cashews, and some dark fruit. The taste is dark fruits, nutty, char, and light chocolate. The beer drinks silky smooth. The finish is easy with moderate bitterness. This is rich, tasty and elegant, very nice, and worth a try if you find yourself in the Twin Cities or in front of a bottle of this.