Aroma: Slight hoppy citrus, roasted grain, a little chocolate and coffee scents.
1st taste: Dry and clean, not sweet.
Overall: Refreshing is not a description normally associated with Stouts. This beer does a perfect job of blending and balancing the flavors. I get some cocoa/coffee taste upfront, and then a soft and ever so slightly sweet finish. The 7% abv is almost invisible. It's not a light stout, but it's got to be one of the most drinkable version I've ever had. The rye add's a unique personality twist. This could be one of my new favors, certainly included in my frequent rotation during cold weather months.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry