Pours opaque with a crazy big tan, frothy foam that flooded my snifter on an overly aggressive pour. Retention is well above average. Lacing is thick and coating but about half will seek back to level.
Aroma is a touch of tart, maybe cherry. A dark fruit and sweet molasses are there too. Deep in there are the dark malts but they are shadowed by the other aromas.
Taste has all of the elements of the aroma but a milt peat/smoke flavor that is subtle to a bit more, which is more than enough for me. Keep the damn smoke at bay. The tartness is up front and transitions to the smoke that transforms into sweetness in the end. Some booze, dark fruits, and sweetness linger on the back of the tongue.
Large mouth feel with an average amount of carbonation that actually seems to suite this beer. Coats the mouth and is close to being viscous but the other flavors beat it into submission.
One of the few beers that has any type of smokey flavor that I liked. I would imagine this is a large ABV so it needs to be treated gently. Pleasantly surprised as I didn't know what to expect. I would have some more and look forward to other entries into this line of beers. 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