Black beauty with a thick foam head that lasted 5 mins(then I stopped timing, but some head was still there). Roast and smoke malt.
First thought after tasting was of Ireland, and that this was a better version of Guiness. Silky smooth, malt roasted over some type of fragrent wood. It not so much malty sweet as it is semi-sweet. Maybe some dark chocolate and coffee bitter in the background. Not overtly complex, but I don't want to imply that's is a simple brew either. Head and lacing were crazy thick. The deepness of this brew is revealed slowly and subtly. Appropriate high quality to commemerate a significant anniversary for a couple of the founding fathers of the Amer Craft Beer movement.
Poured opaque with 90% of the glass filled of creamy, brown, tightly packed foam. Retention was outstanding: watching the foam move up and down in the glass was pretty. Foam becomes frothy as it recedes. Lacing is sheeting and thick.
Aroma is toasted and roasted with hints of chocolate. Nose is nice just not a ton of it.
Taste is big and complex. Roasted, burnt, peat, and just about every type of malty goodness you can and would expect in a big stout. Chocolate with some bitterness in the finish. A clean sense of citrus hops plays a very minor roll.
A big bodied beer that is creamy and thick. Carbonation pales in comparison but it is still there.
A nice way to celebrate. The high alcohol is well hidden below the creamy, dark depths. I am glad I decided to not let this one sit in the cellar. Enjoy!