R: dark brown/black like a stout, with a tan head
N: intense smoke, chocolate, coffee
B: sweet smoke, bitter chocolate, intense carbonation cuts through the creamy, full texture, lingering hops on the finish
On tap, poured into a stemmed tulip. The aroma is that of mild smoke with grape jelly, and a blend of chocolate and caramel late. The hue is a rich, dark maroon shade with small suds in it's brown head that retains moderately well with a mild lacing. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitterness. The creamy texture is slightly sticky with a thin, fuzzy carbonation and a medium body consisting of flavors of smoke, molasses, chocolate, nuts, and dark fruit. The finish is fairly clean with a bright quality of smoke and spice turning to grape juice and leaving an aftertaste of smoked, bitter coffee and dark chocolate with some nuts. it's mildly cloying and lingers for a bit.
Hazy tea-brown, with a sandy tan head and lots of fluffy lacing. Smells... brown and smoky. In a good way. Rauchbier bacon-esque meaty smoke, peanut butter cups, toasted brown bread with a thin spread of Marmite. Also slightly fruity – cider and raisins, mostly.
Tastes more fruity and hoppy than it smells, with overripe pears and rum raisins at the forefront, with Scotchy smoke, brown bread, and mocha in the background. Ends on a funny mix of herbal hop bitterness and sweet, lingering smoke. I can't help but recall the flavor of smoking a joint. Which isn't a bad thing. Soft carbonation and a lush-yet-dry mouthfeel works very well with the flavor. Possible food pairings: BBQ meat, sweet Thai meat dishes, quail and similar birds, souvlaki, blue cheese.