Served semi chilled from a 750 mL bottle and poured into snifters/tulip glasses. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan lace head. Smells are heavily of bourbon/rye with heavy roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Carbonation is relatively low with a very full body. Taste is like the smell; aged rye leads the way with lots of coffee, chocolate and roastiness. The licorice is very faint and I may not have known what it was had the bottle not specified. Perhaps some hints of dark fruits and vanilla as well. A very complex beer that finishes warming and bourbon-like (remind you of my last post?)
Overall this was an absolute treat, and a beer I am glad that I bought. I have never been a licorice person, but this sounded so interesting and the reviews were so high that I felt I should take the chance. I shared the bottle with my family and they all seemed to enjoy it as well. Definitely an after dinner drink and one that would pair nicely with some cheesecake or other sweet desserts.