The beer pours as black as in the bowels of a closed down anthracite coal mine. There is a half inch of brown foam. The aroma is rich, creamy, coffee, char and some tangy dark fruits. The taste follows the aromas, dark roasted malt, char, coffee, and some anise. The beer drinks smooth and lightly creamy, not much carbonation. The finish is dry, not sweet, and fairly bitter. This is a really nice stout!