The pour was a deep dark murky black with an average (1-2 finger) medium beige frothy head that reduced down to a thin scattered film with a large collar, and produced some fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted bread malt, mild resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, dark fruit (figs) and a whiff of smoke.
The taste was lightly sweet with a bold malty roastiness and hints of toffee and chocolate in the beginning, becoming much bitterer with a large coffee presence, a mild fruitiness and had a hoppy smoky finish. The flavor hung on for a nice long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter roasty smoky taste left behind to linger on the taste buds for a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a surprisingly fizzy carbonation.
Overall this was a very tasty and satisfying brew with a smooth roasty bitterness, which was offset nicely by a mild sweet fruitiness. Simply said this is a well balanced and enjoyable brew...