bwa5879 (817) - Portage, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with almost no head. Roasted toasty scent, earthy coffee. Acidic sour taste at first and then the roasted coffee flavors come out as you swallow. Slightly sour finish with more roasted notes. Kind of like a porter. Good beer but slightly watery.
b3shine (6748) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to 12 oz pilsner at Eccentric Cafe. Looks good; pitch black with resinous lacing. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Not bad.
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Eccentric. Pours a deep brown that lets some highlights slip past around the edges. Aromas are light but there is some nice roastiness and chocolate there. Flavor is mild but pleasant. Itís not a heavy dark beer, but a lightly bodies chocolate one with a touch of smoke and a refreshing finish.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours black with a tan colored head. Aroma is very toasty to the point of burned. Pretty good beer. I would like it better if they hopped it up a bunch and made a black IPA.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at bells. black pour with no head. milky nose with nice roastiness. some sweet licorice as well. flavor of grassy hops, earth, basic sugar, and quite blah...slightly watery and metallic
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.
Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. Given the name, I guess Iíll just say it was black. Creamy light tan head floats atop for awhile before eventually settling down. The nose offers a bit of peppery spice plus some earthiness. Roasted malt and hints of coffee there as well. The taste is pretty plan--mostly just some roasted malt with a bit of zestiness there. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation levels and a slightly-dry finish. Drinks fairly well. Iíd have this again if offered, but generally there are better things on tap at the EC that Iíd prefer.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-25-2011
Tmoney99 (12035) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted rye malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On-tap at the Cafe, drank from a 5oz tasting glass...Dark brown with a hint of amber, very clear on the edges, looks great. A big head rises a couple fingers but then fades immediately, light lacing...The aroma is totally dead, nothing going on... The taste is light coffee, boring, canít even tell rye is here.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at bells. Pour deep brown to black in color with tan head. Aroma spicy rye, coffee, chocolate very malt forward. MF medium body mild carb. This beer was served waayyyy to cold as it warmed got better.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black body with a medium sized light tan head. The nose is straight cola and rye bread. Lightly sweet taste, moderately bitter, lots of spicy rye, light toffee and a touch of raisins. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation. Another nice beer from Bells.