Pours cloudy with a nice, two inch, tan, frothy foam to top it off. Retention is long lasting, settling, and frothy. Lacing somewhat sticky while web like in places it is sheeting in others.
Aroma has a little evidence of hops on the back end but the rest is really sweet malts: caramel and toffee. But I don't get much of that as the scent is weak.
Taste is mildly sweet up front with it building where it meets some bitterness in the middle that carries and continues to build through the end. The sweetness is throughout and the occasional sip will bring on booze.
Big end of body with a medium carbonation on top of a soft creaminess. Not cloying whatsoever in spite of the large amount of sweets.
Overall it is an okay beer. The booziness seems out of the place as 8.5% ABV just isn't that huge to me. I have had beers with more and less noticeable. The sweetness isn't bad as it is balanced but the lack of aroma just doesn't help the taste either. Enjoy!