I was very happy to be able to try this within days of its release!
Appearance: The beer pours pitch black with a thick, dark tan head. This beer looks thick on pour, but develops a solid head of foam, unlike what you usually find with a thicker, stronger beer.
Smell: There’s a nice thick meaty aroma of burnt sugars, charred wood, honey, carob, and molasses going on here.
Taste: Slight booze, toasted grain, lots of sugars, mainly caramels, and some bready-tasting spice (sensation of rye, though not the flavor).
Mouthfeel: This beer feels thinner than expected. It comes in smooth but leaves a slightly tacky soda-like finish. There’s a slight alcohol bite at the end.
Drinkability: Moderate; some sweetness there that keeps the pint tipping but intensity of flavors and a slight boozy bite makes it a sipping beer.
Overall: This was a quite enjoyable beer, and not nearly as thick as it looked on pour. I’m going to try to grab a couple to stash away, as they should age well.