JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Opaque black color with smallish dark tan head. Aroma is very roasty, creamy, fair amount of sour cherry, with slight fruity esters and a touch of smoke. Flavor is malty, mild roastyness, touch of ash, creamy, with a mild note of cherry towards the conclusion, which becomes a bit artifical as it warms. Finish is slightly tart, slightly fruity, no real preceptible bitterness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really reeks of cherries! Seems quite well-crafted. Thick body, befitting a stout. I was bummed that itís as sourish as it is. Odd.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was excited to try this one, as I am a huge Bells Stout fan. However I was rather disappointed. The sweet, chocolate aroma was awesome, as was the dark appearance and hefty poor, but the overly sweet syrup aftertaste was too much. This is far too sweet for my tastes. Iíll stick with the Expedition.
YogiBeera (2464) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unbelievable intense, vingear, cherry and dark chocolate nose. Pitch black no head. Cherry vinegar - balsamico and bitter chocolate taste, oily texture - short lasting.
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely pungent brandy-like nose with a peaty background. Reminds me of blackberry brandy we used to drink as a teen. Black with no head. Very sweet and syrupy with a flat texture. Dirty finish. Balsamic vinegar at times. Light dry chalkiness on the roof of the mouth. Thinish body. Smells better than it tastes or feels. Interesting for sure.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark muddy brown and settles into a deep black oily color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of dark roasted malt nd chocolate. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark malts. Very tart. Like a good stout and a kriek combined. A really good beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a Bells stout and they are all nice looking stouts. Smells of mostly coffee and not much cherry at all. There is a an acid note that could possibly be tart cherry. Taste, sadly does not have the soft fruit note that I'm accustomed to from raspberry stouts. It is considerably more tart than a sweet stout and has a bitter middle and end. Bells stouts continue to somewhat underwhelm me. Whatever base malt they use just tastes too much like coffee for me to truly enjoy them. I have a Kalamazoo that I'm hoping will knock my socks off, but I'm almost afraid to crack it.....
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally black, without a head to speak of. Intensely aromatic; roasty, toasty, and sweet! Very lively and hoppy, and just incredible! This is some potent flavor here, and I have to step back, take a breath, and marvel at it, before returning to slowly sip.
A very thick, and heady taste, without a great deal of bitterness, perhaps completely muffled by the deliciously sweet avalanche of cherry flavors. Nice finish, dark, yet sweet. Thick, and full bodied. No session brew, this is meant for thoughtful nightcap, a rewarding dessert.
Cherry stout! What'll they think up next in Kalamazoo? Banana stout? Fig stout? Dragonfruit stout? Bring it on, Bell's!
Tmoney99 (10545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, malt and coffee aroma. reddish black color with small reddish head that disappearred quickly. Flavor was tart cherry with malt and coffee. Tartness overwhelmed the palate and underlying complex flavors.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours blacker than the Ace of Spades, with minimal head. Good aroma of licorice, cherries, cabernet, and prunes. Tastes very tart, with a solid malt body, and overtones of coffee, licorice, cherries, and cabernet. Finishes very smooth and very tart. The balance seems slightly off. Still, a great fruit stout.