Aroma: 1st impression: Alcohol. 2nd impression: Alcohol. 3rd impression: Raisins. Some dark sweet (vanilla?) elements. Does not smell roasted, toasty. But I don't want to speak in the negative. It smells complicated, like a very dark (chocolate?) beer, but that isn't helpful.
Look: Pretty damn black. If held up to the light, there is about a 1/8 of copper brown translucence. Syrup cling of a thin lace to edges of glass- this suggests to me- the high alcohol that is has.
Incredibly complicated. Roast up front, toast up front. Coffee esqe. Brown sugar. Smooth-oak? Hint of anise in back ground?
What's interesting is as complicated as it is, it's also... subtle and easily drinkable.
I was comparing this to DL, and my comment was I would drink this over a few hours by myself, but DL is always shared- because it's just to rich to drink by yourself. So... I'm digging this beer.