Pours opaque with a crazy big tan, frothy foam that flooded my snifter on an overly aggressive pour. Retention is well above average. Lacing is thick and coating but about half will seek back to level.
Aroma is a touch of tart, maybe cherry. A dark fruit and sweet molasses are there too. Deep in there are the dark malts but they are shadowed by the other aromas.
Taste has all of the elements of the aroma but a milt peat/smoke flavor that is subtle to a bit more, which is more than enough for me. Keep the damn smoke at bay. The tartness is up front and transitions to the smoke that transforms into sweetness in the end. Some booze, dark fruits, and sweetness linger on the back of the tongue.
Large mouth feel with an average amount of carbonation that actually seems to suite this beer. Coats the mouth and is close to being viscous but the other flavors beat it into submission.
One of the few beers that has any type of smokey flavor that I liked. I would imagine this is a large ABV so it needs to be treated gently. Pleasantly surprised as I didn't know what to expect. I would have some more and look forward to other entries into this line of beers. Enjoy!
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy