The beer pours black in color with a half inch of thick, somewhat creamy, tan to light brown head. The aroma is roasted, lightly smokey, with a tang both fruit and mineral. It actually reminds me of a Guinness product. The taste follows the aromas, but kicks everything up a notch, more rich, more roasted, more smokey, more full, more fruity. The beer drinks very smooth, with a moderately bitter finish.