Poured clear, I guess as it was really dark. Foam was over an inch of brown goodness. Really good retention that eventually became a thin layer on the liquid. Some sticky lacing began while receding that was web like.
Aroma has cherries and other dark fruit. A hit of booze, molasses, roasted malt, and chocolate.
Taste of roasted malt and very bitter chocolate seem to be throughout and into the aftertaste. There is some heat from the alcohol but really subdued. Dark fruits, molasses, and sweet are all part of the flavor party from this beer.
Big mouth feel with medium or better carbonation that is well matched for the beer.
As you drink the beer, the booze almost drips from your nose via your throat. I had more alcohol sensation there than anywhere else in the beer but certain sips seem to bring more of it out. A really good stout that has the long lingering bitterness. Reminds me of Rose from 2.5 Men: always there, never ending. Too much for me. Enjoy!
"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