Appearance: Dark cola pour revealing some faint mahogany edges when held to the light. Just a finger of head which vanishes almost immediately.
Aroma: Rich and complex. Really has an intense vanilla lifting out, tonnes of charred oak character, tobacco, licorice, black coffee, milk sugars, dark chocolate and toasty malt. Also getting a lovely toffee sweetness with just a hint of nutty malt. Brilliant.
Flavour: It comes on smooth and velvety with the vanilla easing and allowing all those other decadent flavours to come through. Coffee, dark chocolate, charred malt and milk sugars carry across the mid and finish with a delicate hop bitterness in the tail.
Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, smooth and velvety with lifted co2. Medium body. Hides the 5.8% ABV rather well.
Overall: A delicious and well structured beer. Full flavoured but still somewhat light and pleasant to quaff on. Solid porter.