AROMA: Moderately strong fruity aroma (e.g. raisins, red fruits).
Moderately coffee & vanilla presence. Faint diacetyl; possible
oxidation - but these characteristics are not distracting. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Seemingly opaque black with clear garnet highlights. Large tan frothy foam mostly dissipates. 2/3
Mild palette initially. Subdued notes of fruit. Becomes quite bitter at
the apex with coffee and roasted malt flavor. Finishes rather sweet
with genuine oatmeal taste. Leaves a tobacco/roasted coffee aftertaste.
Minor presence of oxidation. No distinctive hop flavor or bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Very smooth
and comfortable, but feels slightly watery. Seems much more sessionable
strength than 5.8% ABV. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: A valiant effort for the style, but comes up a bit short. It is at least satisfactory. 6/10