Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Hazy dark reddish brown, tan head around the edge. Very smooth going down with a round mouthfeel. Gets somewhat fruity sweet, in a good way.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From batch 6148. It is a hazy brownish-orange, haze caused by the yeast in suspension. The aroma is quite intense, I say this because I really didn't need to get close to the beer to smell the strong malt aroma. As I took a closer sniff, a bit of a yeast smell mixes with the malty aroma initially noticed. It has a big, thick feel in the month. There are noticeable raisin tones and some carmel. No real noticeable hop flavor.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, batch 6148. Very cloudy deep amber with a medium diminishing off white head. Intense, sweet aroma of caramel, red apple, plum, orange and raisin. Medium thick oily body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sticky sweet flavor of cherry, red apple, caramel, molasses, and ginger with hints of cookie dough and citrus. Slightly astringent. Heavy, sweet and chewy, it would be hard to drink more than one. Very good.
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Batch number 6148, released in 2004. Tremendously murky brown color. A very muddy looking brew, I half expect silt to settle to the bottom of the glass if I let it sit alone for a while. Head is very thin and light brown. Very oily, leaving a thin film on the sides of the glass. Delicious caramel malt aroma has hints of orange citrus, sugared dates and raisins. A very Christmas-candy evoking aroma. Sticky malt flavor with gingerbread, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Slightly acidic in the middle. Finish is lightly bitter, with slightly grapefruit-ish qualities. Excellent sweet-to-bitter balance. Full, thick body. A meal in a bottle, and quite delicious.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle. Very deep brown. Smells awesome. Quite malty, definite dried fruit, burnt carmel. Awesome so far. Thin tan head with some lacing. Quite a mild flavor for Bells. Definite mild beginning but then the flavor really hits you all at once. Quite warming. Sweet, bitter, burnt marshmallow. Bitter grapefruit peel flavor in the finish. Very nice beer and I must say one of Bells better beers.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous, firey deep, tawny reddish copper color, very solid clouded body, alas, only a waffer thin tan skim of a head was produced and some spots of lace stick. Aroma is lighter then expected from the usual Bell's array with some softer tones of dark fruits with some raisin, fig, and plum, a very slight dry breadiness and toasted molasses touch sit underneath. Taste is loose and chewy with some orangey oils and fat but dulled plum, raisin, and fig with some softer/lighter toffeeness with a slight touch of chocolate dryness like a cookie or bread and just a tiny nudge of nutmeg spice and vaniila. I'll admit the feel seems a bit thin in body, but somehow it still maintains one very silky, buttery smooth character from end to end, that I like. Plus it helps make it quite drinkable. This dopplebock reminds of a calmer Belgian dark without alot of the sharp yeast tones and carbonation that some Belgians might carry, and that sits fine with me. This was gone in no time.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this stuff ain't too shabby. nice sweet, slightly roasty aroma. very fruity on the tongue though. plenty of banana flavor, semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. this beer is all over the place.
k2 (146) - USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a big suprise. Not a big fan of Bells, but this had a great malty finish that was sweat tot he taste.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, honey. Sweet taste with hints of molasses and caramel.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mine had way too much cherry flavor. Just about the most gorgeous red color when held up to light.