Bottled December 2012, best before Febuary 2018. The label states “very strong beer” and at 13% ABV I would have to agree. Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is very inviting with dark chocolate and roasted malt with some alcohol punch. The first sip reveals coffee, chocolate, coffee flavors (in that order). Some sweetness but not overly so. The alcohol lingers on the tounge but is well balanced and complementary. Very mellow with no hot alcohol bite. I am happy to sip this one all night.