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.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers