The beer pours deep black and viscous, like used motor oil. There is a relatively short head of dark brown foam. The aroma is dark fruits, deep red wine, like a very big zinfandel, dark roasted malts, char, light anise, and chocolate. The taste hits the same notes as the aromas, big dark fruits, dark cherry, chocolate, char, all well-balanced with each other. There is sweetness, but the finish is quite dry, with a moderately strong bitterness. The beer drinks very, very smooth and round. This is outstanding.