Undercover Shutdown poured a clear, dark amber color with a pen width, off white head. The nose is big, lots of malts up front followed by a bounty of hoppy aromas. The body is big, layered and complex, with a sturdy malt backbone, a little sugary malt, and chocolate notes. The finish is great, big and dry, lingering just long enough. The beer left coated rings of hanging lace down the glass.
Overall, this is a beautiful beer. It drinks really big, yet somehow manages to hide it's 9.7% ABV and stays perfectly balanced. I have grown to expect a lot when drinking a Lagunitas beer and this did not disappoint. This is a must buy for anyone who enjoys good beer.