The pour was a clear dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly down to a medium cap and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was mildly sweet with a toasted dark malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a pronounced hazelnut presence.
The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with notes of toffee and chocolate from the start, and then became just a tad bitter with a decent note of coffee and a nice smooth nutty alcohol finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a really tasty mocha coffee flavor left to linger on.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall this is one of the better Brown Ale's I have tasted to date (and I've tasted quite a few). It has tons of flavor and a smooth drinkability, which did a great job of subduing the high ABV. If you ever get a chance to try this one PLEASE do so, you will not be disappointed...