The beer pours black in color. There is over an inch of thick, foamy, light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, pleasant char, vanilla, coffee. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes, a touch more vanilla in the taste, not barrel-aged, but tasting almost like it is. The beer drinks very smooth, with a very soft carbonation. The finish is dry with a light to moderate bitterness. This is very, very enjoyable.