SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 From Bottle packaged on February 25, 2006 (aged since 2006 in my cellar). Re-rated (June 7, 2010). Poured like a good motor oil. Pitch black. No head. Strong coffee, chocolate, hop aroma. Flavor hits you with chocolate, and malts, coffee in the middle, finishing up with fruity cherries. Texture thin. Finish is a little astringent and bitter. This one is a sipper still after 4 years. Still as good now as it was then.
Poured motor oil black, georgous tan head, quickly disappaiting. Aroma of rich roasted coffee. Taste of roasted coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Thick, just like a stout should be. Perfect for a cold winter night, such as tonight. 11.5% alcohol completely hidden. Palate is lingering, and creamy mouthful. Again, Bells proves why they are becoming one of my favorite brews
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Courtesy of my friend Dave B. Poured thick oily black with ruby highlights, an average fairly dark brown head - head is bigger when it warms - what an impy stout should look like. Aroma is a nice medley of dark chocolate, strong roast coffee, prunes, raisins, some hops and interesting vinous, woody and lactic notes too. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy, as well as which just sets off the fine balance between the coffee bitterness and the roast malt - and the stewed prune and red wine character adds tartness, but incredibly this one finishes sweet, with almost a sarsaparilla finish, which gets progressively more bitter as it approaches room temperature. Truly one of the great imperial stouts. Well done.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Had during a beer tasting party. Poured black and had aroma or soy. Extremely full flavored but a little sticky on the palate. Would have to say it is fairly complete though and one of the better ones iíve had. very impressed with most bells beers.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a very dark beer. The consistency was very unique. It had a lasting finish to it.
beermakefat (3) - PAW PAW, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent. my favorite brewery by far. perfect thickness. aroma is not as strong as the flavor which is misleading. too bad itís so expensive or my fridge would be stock full.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Mega-thick black pour with great, oatmeal coloured head. Aroma comes across very strongly of chocolate at first, but careful sniffing reveals subtle undertones of oak, cherry, raisin,maybe even some cooked rice (not in an adjunct sense though... more like the smell of a big bowl of asian rice right as it comes off the stove) . In the mouth this thing is like a chocolate milkshake its so thick, with a great symphony of flavors and great hoppy finish, though still its not as assertive as Iídve liked. Hard to find anything else wrong with this beer, still an amazing offering.
UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 I think I figured out what I donít like about these Imperial Stouts- too much damn alcoholÖ. gross. I just had the Kalamazoo Stout by bells and loved it. But then I crack open one of these things and I have to control my gag reflex. And its not just because Iím a wimp either. I enjoy some of the high alcohol Belgians. Its official, I hate Imperial Stout. This thing tastes like stout mixed with perfume and vodka.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully, very dark. Head is deep and full, stays with it for a long time. Smell is of dark tones , and very mocha/java coffee. Taste was a little too much at first, but grew on me and is very thick and strong.
Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very thick, people say motor oil, but this is darker. tan head. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Could notice the high alcohol, but it wasnít overpowering the flavor. Roasted barley flavors are powerful throughout, and the taste lingers. Did I say it was thick?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Draught: Black pour, nice brown head. Flavor is a sweet sugary alcohol mixed with lots of burnt roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight coffee. Pretty damn hoppy very bitter but it is an imperial stout. Definitely a sipper and a great winter time beer.