Appearance: Deep brown to black. Nice, very light tan head. Over carbonated, but bubbles subside quickly.
Aroma: Not much at first, but more cacao chocolate as it warms. Perhaps some whiskey, but very very remote.
Taste: Over carbonated. Sweetly dark chocolate, some caramel goodness. Some alcohol warmth at end of palate. Nice bitter balance against the residual sweetness of the malt.
Final Thoughts: I wish I had dialed in the carbonation better, but I like the flavor overall. Definitely a sipper. Really opens up as it warms in the hand. Big chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Finishes warm. I still like the base RIS beer better.