Poured opaque but seemingly clear. Foam was dark tan, frothy, and a little more than a half inch. Retention was really good with the foam becoming creamy, leaving a patch of lacing as it receded.
Aroma has malts up and down. Roasted, toasted, coffee, and touch of chocolate laced with caramel sweetness. Earthy scents take a back seat and come late.
Taste is really nice. Roasted, coffee, and bitter, dark chocolate fill the palate. There is a clean hop spice and earthiness to the back end of the beer. A coffee bitterness in the late finish redeems the qualities of the early taste a second time.
Carbonation is a bit prickly while the body is thinner than originally thought. I think it is all part of the ease of drinking for this beer.
Really good taste for a beer that actually comes across a little thin. I really don't think that takes away from it. A session porter that is darn tasty and easy drinking. 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