Aroma: Bourbon upfront. Smooth Bourbon! It smells so good!!!!!!
Maybe some raisin and currant? Vanilla, oak. Sweetness is clear, but not overt. Hint of alcohol.
Look: Pretty dame black. I'm excited. I appreciate a black beer. I would say with out debate- it's darker than 2012 Dark Lord (a minor "disappointment"). No visible head, but the thinnest lace at edge of glass.
Taste: Heat- alcohol. Followed by easy drinking bourbon. Hint of black patent bitterness. That bitterness grows as you drink more.
Light carbonation (appropriate) and medium almost light body. This is actually great because the body is so big, the 'lighter' body makes it easier to drink. That is a brilliant move.
I mentioned alcohol, which is apparent, but it doesn't taste like 18%. Wow. What a beer.
As a point of clarity, I don't think there is a perfect beer, so I can not give out a 10, that's lightspeed in my book. Unreachable, but this beer is pretty amazing.
"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