Pours opaque with a bit of light seeping in around the edges making it a ruby brown color. Mocha foam is about 1.5 inches in thickness with a nice froth to it. Retention is above average. Lacing is thick, spotty, and juicy.
Citrus hops met my nose first. The longer the beer sat the more big, roasted, molasses, chocolate, sugary malts met the olfactories. Dark fruits (prunes and raisins) come through too.
Taste is sweet chocolate and caramel that only lasts briefly. Next comes wave after wave of malt: roasted, molasses, sugar, dark fruits, and the kitchen sink. Leaves some ashy, roasted, burnt malt on the back of the mouth and lingering along with a bitter chocolate and slight hop.
Big body, huge for a black ipa with ample carbonation to hold the body. Dries the palate.
Taste more like an over hopped stout than a black ipa. Complex and enormous ipa. The alcohol is there a bit, with those thick stout flavors making it difficult to really have more than one or finish it alone. Enjoy!