Overall- Real intense bitterness. Roasted malts and hops in the base beer already create a substantial bitterness, but the oak almost takes it to another level. I almost disagree with the commercial description that the oak aging rounds out the roastiness, it seems to amplify, or add a new kind of bitterness through the oak that amplifies. Either way, its a great beer. 5/5.
Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily consistency. Half finger thick, dark khaki colored head, creamy thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs and spotty head lacing.
Aroma- Roasted malt, burnt char, bitter dark chocolates. Lots of dry oak, dry astringency, earthy hops. Smoky undertones with a subtle vanilla and caramel sweetness.
Taste- Dry oak, charred malts, real dry astringency. Bittersweet dark chocolates and earthy, piney hops. Mild sweetness towards finish, vanilla and caramel.
Feel- Medium feel, creamy, really drying feel from start to finish. Moderate carbonation.