The pour was a non-translucent espresso black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing but left behind enough residue to produce some really good spotty lacing.
The aroma was quit full with burnt and roasted bread malts, a mild herbal hop and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit and a hint of spice.
The taste was boldly sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and molasses at first then took a turn towards the bitterer side with just a bit of hoppiness and notes of licorice, coffee, a touch of dark fruit and a slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted a wonderfully long time after the swallow, letting one enjoy the sweet, fruity, coffee flavor that was left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry, syrupy texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall a very complex beer that had a bunch of things working all at the same time on the taste buds, and did it extremely well. This is an impressive brew with an awesome drinkability.