thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 Pours like texas tea. Black gold. Little dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate,malt and you can get a nice whif of the hops. Taste is roasted malt then the alcohol hits you. Very heavy on the tounge but smooth all the same. This is a brew for sipping by the fire on a cold day. Very tasty,complex and one of the best of its kind.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 batch. The color is a dark dark brown, bearing a similarity to sweet crude, with little head. The aroma is wonderful and chocolaty. The flavor is mellow and smooth, with a slightly biting aftertaste. The alcohol is evident. The flavor is of deep chocolate, and malts ext. complex.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark in color. Strong chocolate, malty aroma. Very rich chocolate flavor, with a sweet, hoppy, alcohol after taste. Well crafted complexity with a very smooth finish. Very good beer. Maybe a little too much alcohol as it somewhat overpowers the other aspects of the brew.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black appearance with a tan/brown head with good retention. Aroma is too die for--roasty, with alcohol, sweetness and wine odors. Flavor is delicious too. Roasty bitterness up front, semiwsweetness in the middle, and a little hop aftertaste. Nice full and pleasing palate. Very excellent--thanks argo0.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very excellent, balanced taste. more affordable and common than the rogue. the strength belies its drinkability. i really like the normal stout from this brewery too.
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think this is the blackest Stout I've ever seen. No transparency whatsoever. Deep coffee and malt aroma. Very rich and smooth mouthfeel with a flavor that is rich and complex. Coffee, chocolate, and silky richness. Absolutely amazing beer. No hype here - as has been said - It ain't braggin' if you can do it! Thanks to Slikwily for sending this! WOW!
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black as I’ve ever scene with blood red hue. No head, just black goodness in the bottom of my glass. Absolutely powerful stuff, freakin incredible. Condensed stout aroma, power lot of malts, burnt, toasted, incinerated. Texture is like the thickest of Spanish or Italian coffees. Silky, cloying, persistent and generous. This was another generous donation from my good buddy SilkT, I owe you large this time.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great pour. 1 inch deep brown head. Nice black color. Thick aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Very strong and thick body. Roasted. Chocolaty, with some roasted coffee in the background. Hint of the alcohol. Overall, a well done stout. Very impressed with the beers Kalamazoo brews.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled February 2004
Pours a deep black color with a creamy brown head. Thick aromas of chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, an aroma I usually associate with Lactose stouts, and alcohol all waft form my glass. What a thick viscous brew, it is quite creamy on my tongue. The thickness and body of this brew helps to balance the roast character, so that it is not overwhelming. It is like a rich, creamy, chocolate covered espresso bean, but accentuated a bit more towards the creamy dark chocolate. This beer has a burnt/ roast astringent finish, which, helps to balance the rich malty sweet flavors that are up front. There is not much in the way of hops, but they would seem out of place in this brew. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, and is only really noticeable in the aroma. Wow, what a wonderful, smooth, sipping beer.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bad news is that this is my last Bell's that I got from FelonousMonk. Good news is, what a way to go out.
Poured pitch black with just a tiny bit of head even after a vigorous pour and what there was quicky went away, but there was a very nice lace down the glass.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, and < wheeze > alcohol. My sinuses are now very clean.
Tastes really good. My wife makes truffles by hand and I'm reminded of that rich, creamy chocolate she uses. Coffee is definately there. And wow, so is the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is great: full and creamy with a slight mineral feel. Drinkability is good, but really suffers because of the incredibly high alcohol content. I'll definately try more of these, but only at the end of the night.