The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, in appearance. There is over an inch of thick, foaming head, very light tan. The aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, light char and light dark raisins. The taste is dark roasted malt, creamy, chocolate, and char. There is sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry. There is a moderate bitterness. The beer drinks easy, with very soft carbonation.