Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I first tried Sam Adams now defunct Old Fizziwig, I discovered the marvel of spiced beer. I am glad that geniuses at Bellís applied this knowledge to one of their fabled stout line-up. Smooth ... the roasted barley seems minimal to create little malt bitterness. A gentle touch of spices ... ginger, cardamom, cinnamon? Serve this cold, but delight in the warming process. A new beer for Thanksgiving pre-Turkey extravaganza! Should take the edge off of watching the Lions lose this year.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very thick and black with no head. There are many things to be found in this one. Loads of different spices compliment the roasted, chocolate and coffee of the malts. Some hops compliment the roasted finish. Unique and tasty.
tourette (213) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another solid stout from Larry Bell. This one isnít his best, but still better than many others out there. The flavor profile is really great. A bit thin, but other than that its a solid beer.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2002
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Very strong flavor. Very dark. Very bad. Definitely has that íChristmasyí feel.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks black to me with a thinly laced brown head. Swirl this around in the glass and the aromas kick up in intensity. I picked up some ginger, pepper, and cinnamon sugar, and a host of others I would have no idea how to identify. Initialy picked up the smoke flavor then a bitter chocolate and barley flavor. Somewhat thiner than some of the other Bells Stouts, but it makes up for it with all the spice.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The big problem with cardamom isnít its flavour - I like the flavour. Itís the application. Maybe I just donít cook the right foods, but it takes me forever to use even the tiniest amount. Larry Bell, evidently, has the same problem and decided to get rid of his entire stock in this beer. Extremely dark brown; aroma of allspice and cardamom, coffee; similar flavours, with perhaps a citric element; fruitcakey finish.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good effort from Bells, Interesting stout that off the beaten bath a bit
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky chocolate with a thin head. Steady carbonation. Aroma of cocoa, oats, roasted barley and spice. Light body with a bubbly aftertaste. Chocolate coated ginger flavor. Gets thicker as it sits, where a cinnamon/nutmeg taste develops. Interesting concoction. Thanks Trap.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 The beer pours as dark as a ďRavenĒ, the head monstrous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a chocolate brown, as it dissipates the lace left behind forms a thick and clinging sheet to meld with the glass. ďAh that noseĒ, chocolate, coffee, ginger and sweet maple syrup, or malt if you prefer, fresh, crisp and quite appealing to all the senses, both olfactory and ocular, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top full and milk chocolate rich. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate, bitter-sweet chocolate dry, and a fine stout in my book, and one I get to see but rarely.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Pours with creamy head that dissipates to small ring with no stick. Very spritzy, full mouthfeel. Aroma of ginger, caramel, elderberries (similar to Elderberry ale), subtle alcohol, braised beef, and chocolate. Smoky middle and a hoppy bitter finish with long spiciness. I liked it but spices are becoming all too familiar these days, to me at least, in beer. Take a look at the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love the black gunk yeast. I have a few set aside for one or two years to come as I think this beer will age decently.