Appearance: Very dark brown, essentially black, with a fine tan coloured head.
Smell: Dark chocolate with hop aromas barely detectable, if at all. A hint of smoke makes the aroma really nice and complex. Dried fruit only starts to come through once you get close to the bottom of the glass.
Taste: Roast malt and caramel, with a nice balancing level of bitterness. Medium bodied. Very gentle aftertaste, no residual sweetness, nice balance, dry with just a bit of tannin in there (perhaps due the lengthy iterated mashing process?). Surprising since the FG was measured at 1.024. I was expecting more residual sweetness. No hints of hot alcohol present at all.
Overall: This one really exceeded my expectations. Originally conceived as an experiment, it turned out delicious and beautifully balanced. Great depth of flavour and very quaffable for something with a high alcohol content.