A deep black colour with a reddish hue when held to the light.  It pours with a thick creamy head. On the nose the drinker experiences a rich and complex coffee aroma with light liquorice notes. From the bottle, the carbonation accentuates and intensifies the roast aroma. A generous addition of Fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue. Excellent with seafood particularly shellfish and smoked salmon. Also pairs well with strong flavoured cheeses and dry cured meats such as Parma ham.