This is by far the best stout I've ever tasted, and it gives me an apreciation for this style, something its Irish competitors failed at. It is sweet, nutty, flavorful, and smooth, and the hops aren't overpowering but present enough to give a flavor to this beer. It has a rocky head the color of chocolate cream. Man, it was good. This is the beer to try if you want to graduate to the "hard stuff" where beer is concerned.