whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Jet black, opaque. A batch from 2003 was as flat as Lubbock, Texas, but later batches have produced a nice creamy head. Aroma of licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, black coffee, and mellow hops. Ultra-thick and full bodied, this beer is jam packed with flavors of figs, coffee, chocolate, licorice, raisins, plums, berries, soy sauce, tobacco, smoke, port, nuts, molasses, hops, and ethanol. Evokes memories of the three-course meal gum from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory that turned Violet into a giant blueberry. The aftertaste is rich and indulgent. Lack of carbonation, depending on the batch, and ultra-complex flavor make this brew a fantastic, slow, port-like sipper.
Re-rate, 1/16/04. An 8 inch fall managed to produce a loose tan head the size of my pinky, showing me that the 2003 is indeed carbonated. At least this bottle was. I bumped the appearance up one point. The only additional comment worth adding is that this stuff is UNBELIEVABLE with dark chocolate.
RedSox2004 (1371) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque pitch black with a smallish brown head and very nice viscous lace. Wonderful bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee aromas with rich dark fruit and molasses. Chocolate and coffee stand out in the flavor profile, with subtle contributions from molasses, figs, chicory, booze and smokiness. Beyond full bodied, creamy silky smooth mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and a decadently lush rich finish.
rproff78 (136) - - FEB 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh my god! So good!!! I can't even explain how good it is! Wow wow wow wow wow wow
stoutgap (39) - Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter large frothy dark lasting head with excellent lacing. Heavy aroma of bread,malasses,roast ,coffee, and chocolate.Full bodied with a creamy texture, thick sticky mouth feel, with a long finish. This is Beer!
partchapol (52) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taste and smell of coffee and cacao, deep dark brown color, look thick but right texture. somewhat bitter, taste good and not fade off when it warms down. Another great beer from Bellís.
venettafields (10) - - FEB 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 12 oz bottle with date 08/22/14. Pours a thick, black color, with just the slightest deep brown highlights on the edges, and a dark brown, thin head, the darkest head Iíve seen to this point. Smells just chocolately, kind of roasted chocolate granola, just a little alcohol there. Taste is incredible. So chocolately, roasty, but that oatmeal is still there. I donít believe they use oats in this, but Iím getting oats. And the mouthfeel is incredible. So luscious, full, smooth. I was blown away the first time I had this. One of the best standard imperial stouts available.
smaynard6000 (688) - Apopka, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with minimal brown head. Aroma is roasty with some slight hints of booziness. Heavy coffee and dark chocolate notes with some sweetness. Heavy and thick on the palate with roasty finish. Very good.
VastActiv (3329) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Torst, New York. Colour is deep black with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, dark chocolate, some coffee and roasted malts. Lingering taste. Quite amazing in fact.
anthony850 (315) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong alc. With chocolate and a fruity taste. Will let the others age a little.
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sturmthis (700) - Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Black with beige head. Chocolate aroma. Really smooth chocolate and dark fruit taste. Very fine beer.
Fakdaddy (18) - - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best of the year and the best of the year and the other hand is the only thing that would have to go back and the
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