Tight tiny tan cream foam and rim over fairly active chestnut ale. Luscious on the nose - grape juice and cocoa powder. Raisin, date and fig in the malt with a fresh fruit juice core followed by the reality of sub-twig hop structure. Then as the beer opens, nuts - hazelnutiness without the intrusion of a insipid syrup to hammer you with the note. The merest nod to smoke perhaps making it like a hopped Scots ale. Yeast is heavy cream. At 5.6% likely too much for a session though everything else about it screams session.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."