The color of the beer is black, allowing nothing through as it is held up to the light. A generous brown layer of foam erupts upon pouring, covering the surface of the beer. As it is raised to the nose, a dusty, leathery character reminiscent of tobacco leaf accompanies the aromas of roasted grains, chocolate, and vanilla. The beer itself has a dry feel from the wood tannins of the oak barrel and is accentuated by the warm dryness of ethanol. Oak character is present in the flavor, but bittersweet chocolate nuanced with vanilla is the dominant tone. In the middle, one can perceive nuttiness, spicy rye grain notes, and licorice.