Nice dark mahogany pour, with a small head due to the higher ABV. Some bubbles in the head and a little bit of lacing.
Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose along with the obvious and strong malts.
Taste is very malty, but the alcohol is pretty large too. If anything, it drinks much, much bigger than the ABV would initially suggest. Nice sweet malt upfront, but balanced by the alcohol and the hops in the finish. Warming on the way down. Some bitterness at the end as well.
Mouthfeel is good and full.
A surprisingly big beer, with some potency. With the bite comes a rough edge and this is where the beer falls down a little bit. It’s an unrefined Doppelbock.