Well this batch has entered the drinkable stage and I'm pretty happy with it.
Appearance is a little cloudy due to chill haze - I've added some gelatin to the keg in hopes of clearing this up. Like the original recipe, it's so red that it's almost brown. Head retention is pretty low, but I do have it at a lower carbonation level just because of personal preference.
Aromas are of cherry candy and bread crust. There's a little bit of a citrusy metallic thing going on, but I think this is just a "young" flavor, as it has been aging out since kegging.
Flavors continue with the cherry candy, with a little bit of grape soda. I mean that in a good way - it's hard to describe the lush berry flavor when it's all blended together. Sweetness is strong upfront, making an approachable beer, but it fades to a little sharp crispness in the aftertaste. I think I might bump the roast or the bitterness up in the next beer because I think it would give more of that "that last sip was great so I should have another" sensation.
Mouthfeel is medium - not too heavy that it feels overbearing, but thick enough that you feel like you're drinking something substantial.
Great beer. I think in the future I'd also like to try this beer as an American Amber but bumping the gravity up 10 points and doing some heavy hopping... mmm that sounds good.