Deep black color, decent lacing, though the head doesn’t stick around long.
Nice roasty aroma, not a typical “beer smell” like my wife hates (which I interpret as roasted malt), but more like roasted coffee maybe.
Really nice flavor, finishes nice for a stout too, not too overpowering. Still packs a lot in, some malty sweetness, a good amount of hop bitterness to go with the roasted coffee. The coffee flavor lingers in the mouth a bit for a fine finish.
I tried this one out since it knocked off one of my favorite stouts, Bell’s Kalamazoo, in the Washington Post Beer Madness. Not sure whether I’d pick it over that one, but still a fine specimen.
Overall rating: 4.45 out of 5