It pours deep and dark with a big tight head.
The aroma is sweet with caramel malt and mild vanilla. Hops are aplenty and there is a slight pine aroma as well.
It has a full smooth body. A slight sourness (that's meant in the best possible way) builds in the body, but it finishes creamy just as the hop bitterness builds. That vague pine is buried it deep, it took me a while to identify what it was I was tasting and that is the best way to describe it. For a double, the beer is fairly dynamic offering up sour, bitter, pine and ultimately sweet then bitter tones.
The aftertaste is bitter with bold malt character.
Quite a beer and I continue to be impressed by Ninkasi's line-up. So far I've enjoyed every beer I've had from them and look forward to continue trying their beers. Look for the double red in the 22oz bottles.
6.9% with 60 IBUs and I'm a believer!!!