The beer pours black in appearance, just a sliver of translucent brown on the bottom edge when held to the light. There is a tall, thick, foamy head of tan. The aroma is pine, tangy, dark roasted malt, toasted bread. The taste follows the aromas, but they clash rather than blending into a harmonious and better whole. A strange vomit note is created as the piney hops combine with an almost burnt note in the malts. The beer does drink easy and smooth. It has a very piney and bitter finish. This beer is why I am leery of black IPA’s. When they are good, they can be great, but when they don’t mesh, the result is a mess. It does get better as you go through the can, but I would choose many black IPA's over this one.