popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black. A hard-hitting syrup with an alcoholic aftertaste; extremely smooth. Be warned- and enjoy.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily the best beer Kalamazoo has to offer, and much better than the other Bell’s beers.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice opaque coloe with a dark head. Mild aroma a good change of pace for this style from a domestic brewer. Sorgum, vanilla, coffee and current flavors. A maltly/dark fruit finish. A good night cap. Make mine a double.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate:Out-freakin’ standing. Wonderful beer. Dark as the darkest night, with an alcohol presence that lets you know your going to be warmed up. Very full flavored, with malt that creeps up on you as the beer warms in the glass to the point that you sit back and say...’Wow’. Not a beer that you just open and throw back, but one in which you chill out and enjoy. Excellent.
Original rating comment: Yum.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Too much. I believe it is the only Stout that Larry Bell brews that I just don’t like at all.
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thin, creamy head contrasts this dark, almost black, beer. A carmel flavour makes an apperance quickly, as well as a mild alcohol taste.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Almost black with very thin head. Delicate nose of malts, raisons, bakers chocolate, molasses,caramel and more. HUGE malt profile,flavors of caramel,rasins and molasses mingle within the silky smooth body. Hops come through but are somewhat masked(not a bad thing) by the thick and flavor filled body but gives enough to kick you in the ass. Hops are far more profound with fresher bottles. Awesome Imperial and im glad I got another to leave sit. Remind me not to touch it:-) Thank you psychprof.
olympian (107) - USA - MAR 23, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
i’m with Odin again on this one. Larry delights in dancing on the edge of ’incredible’ and ’too much of a good thing’. He fell on the wrong side of this one.
When you have to work to enjoy it, it’s too much.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This mud isn’t really my kind of beer?? It looks just like used motor oil...just like it. No head, no carbonation. I tried it, too cold, in a 12 oz. pint style glass - too sweet, too weird. Tried it again, used a Rodenbach stemmed glass, just below room temperature. It was much better, less oily, aroma earthy, chocolatey, but not terribly complex. Sweetness was more integrated into the overall taste - a nice combination of sweet/bitter hits you simultaneously. Very rich. I haven’t smoked in 20 years, but this seems like it would be great w. a cigar. Rich, resiny, coffee, chocolate, raisins - what is this world coming to? Ultimately, very nice, but it took a while.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was introduced by a good friend. All Bell’s products have been excellent! Strong way to build friendships!