The beer pours black in appearance. There is about an inch of thick, somewhat creamy tan head. The aroma has a tangy fruitiness over dark roasted malt. It is hard to pull out individual notes, but there is a nice blend of hoppy fruit and roasted malt. The taste is exactly like the aromas, again, a very nice meld of the two opposing parts of this. The beer drinks smooth and easy, with a dry and moderately bitter finish. It is hard to describe this beer other than an exquisitely balanced and really well done Cascadian ale.