Pours black into the glass with a tiny tan head that quickly dissipates The smell is a distinct malt but it is not very distinct. The taste is where the real left turn comes in. A really heavy sweetness just overpowers everything. I can taste just a small amount of chocolate malt and roasted coffee, but it is totally buried by the cloying sweetness. There is also a very yeasty bready taste that while not unpleasant, is not balanced in the taste. I really can't get over how sweet this stout is, totally ruins the whole thing. Had higher hopes for this beer.