The beer pours a very dark brown, appearing mostly black, very dark ruby tints on the edges when held to the light. There is a very short and short-lived head of tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, char, anise, coffee, chicory. The taste follows the aromas, lots of dark roast, hitting many of the same notes, not quite as intense as in the aroma, but blending together well and tasting smooth. There is some sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry, with a light bitterness. The beer drinks smooth and easy. This is a good combo of low alcohol to high flavor.