S: Light nose of mostly earthy and smoky, maybe a little molasses in the background.
T: Definate earthiness carries though on the first taste. Then it seems like a sweet taste in emerging but that quickly muted by a hop bitterness (not hop bite). Kkind of refreshing for a dark beer, as it's nicely carbonated.
D: Not much complexity here. The taste is predominately smoke and earthiness some hops and not much else. It's drinkable, just not memorable.
Pours opaque with a little more than a half inch of dark tan foam. Retention is minimal while lacing isn't quite sticky but is thick and sheeting.
Aroma has a nice roasted malt that is in and out with a mild hop profile that seems to be citrus, pine, and floral but all muted. Cocoa nibs are deep in the dark depths of the Captain.
Taste is ever so sweet up front on the tongue then the swallow: roasted malt and cocoa come in the middle. The hops also start in the middle to the finish but aren't really distinguishable to me, just adding some bitterness. Some smoke adds to the finish.
Light body with, at best, a medium carbonation. Some oiliness to the mouth too.
I appreciate the attempt with this beer to make something different, it just isn't my bag baby. The smoke seems forced while the bitterness to the finish is a little bit unbalanced. As a home brewer it seems like they took what they had laying around and tried to get funky. Enjoy!