Pours opaque. Huge, and I mean huge, heaps of mocha colored foam: thick, great staying power, frothing up as it recedes with a touch of rockiness. Extremely sticky lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly sweet. There is chocolate as well but mute. Dark fruit: prune comes to mind first. The overall aroma is a bit mute. Definitely more aromatic as it warms (-20*F outside). Roast and black patent ash and licorice.
Taste has dark fruits mixed with hints of caramel sweetness. Prune and raisin are prevalent. Dark malt flavors are there but none are pronounced as much as the fruits. I would like a bit more from the dark malts with the fruits taking the back ground.
Big, rich and thick body. Carbonation is on the low end but there is some early on the sides of the tongue. Not cloying. Warmth from the alcohol.
This beer looks miraculous in the glass. Just amazing. The head on this beer (and staying power) just looks so inviting. This beer has to be served in the 40s or higher to get everything out of it possible. Much better beer that way. Solid. Enjoy!
Fall in line under the rule of Csar. Join with your comrades over a strong, dark beer with warring classes of dark chocolate and coffee united by the balanced flavor of hops. Drink. Enjoy. Share. Devote yourself to the Csar!