330ml brown bottle purchased for me by Sam (I believe) some time ago. I'm not entirely sure when, or where from.
Pours a fairly deep brown colour, a little like sepia ink. Head forms a very fine ring around the edge of the glass, with fine spotty lace. Body is surprisingly light, with powdery carbonation. Looks decent all up.
Nose is decidedly odd. It has a pronounced liquorice and sassafras character to it, which makes it smell a lot like root beer. It has a slight savoury note all the way through it, while it does maintain a sort of bass note of toasted grain stoutness. But it really just fades into the background, to be honest.
Taste is similar, although the sassafras note really almost becomes medicinal on the back, giving an almost minty note like some form of institutional toothpaste. It doesn't help that there's very little sweetness on the front, and all of the roast bitterness dumps itself on the back—this accentuates some of the harsh notes of the finish.
Overall, yeah, I'm not a fan—it's different, but never in a particularly good way, and to be honest, the characters make it a bit of a slog to get through.