Standard jet black, opaque appearance with a fairly small tan head that falls away quickly to give a very small film for the remainder of the drink. No significant lacing.
Definite bitterness in the finish and a distinct smoky taste. Good mouthfeel, but not really a “coater”. Quite light and relatively refreshing. Generally I like a little more creaminess and less smokiness in my porters, but nonetheless a drinkable beer.