Pours a red-tinged dark brown. Head is beige; medium bubbles but nice irregular sinkage. Lace is good.
Smells decent. Good roasty notes with decent coffee edge, touch of spice, but sweet. Brown sugar, cinnamon and pepper. Very pleasant; what I want a brown ale to smell like.
Taste is very roasty and spicy. Big coffee notes on there, quite dry, with black pepper noticeable, some red pepper as well as notes of cumin, cayenne and charcoal. Really rather bitter, but OK.
Carbonation is noticeable upfront but settled on the back by decent body. Not bad.
Gives a more portery vibe than a brown ale. Not a bad thing, but still makes me want to mark it down a bit.