The beer pours pitch black with just a touch of dark brown at the edge if held to the light. There is a short, thin and not long lasting head of dark cappuccino brown head. The aroma is toasted walnuts, dark roasted malt, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, dark cherry, and a bit of wood. The taste follows the aromas, hitting all of the same notes, nutty, sweet, dark roasted, with the bourbon boozy, but never taking over the flavor. It drinks smooth, full, round, warming. It is very sweet, yet never too sweet. This is really good.