polomagnifico (1198) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 300th rating!! Found 2 of these beauties at the steinhaus in Bay City, MI. 2003 vintage. Aroma is so wonderful!! Very smooth chocolate, smoke, hard wood, roast malt, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes. Sherry, port, and spice make up the tail end. Just phenomenal!! Pours black with an average sized creamy head that mostly diminished but left great lace. Flavor is divine. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate tones with hints of molasses, smoke and wood. Just incredible!! Palate is silky smooth with some soft carbonation and very very subtle alcohol on the finish. So incredible and so sad. One of the best beers I’ve ever had but also one of the rarest. Complex but simple, rare and special. What a story and what an experience. I’ll remember this brew till the day I die. The best aged stout of my life.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a stoutaholic so I found this a nice break from more traditional stouts. I like its thickness and the complexity of its taste. Funk and I enjoyed several together and I must say this is a fine beer, but not one if your drinking more than two or three beers in a sitting.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a huge tan head, bubbling and sizzling. Aroma is aburst with soft, sweet spices. Nutmeg's on board, with cinnamon and cloves holding up their own behind. This is beautiful, tasty stuff. Firm, solid, full body, great texture, wonderfully chewy, but the flavor is what makes this beauty stick out from the pack. An excellent stout in every way.
Kashdonkey (6) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. I didn’t even knew who brewed it.. the waitress recommended it. Good body, but not too thick. Picked up some crazy aromas and tastes. Definitely some cloves and vanilla. Like nothing I have ever had... I ordered a second glass which I rarely do with stouts.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. This is one complex beer. It started with a brandish flavor that mellowed out to allow the other flavors to shine through, decently hopped with a almost indesribable spicy flavor. This is one of Bell’s ten stouts of November. What a country.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
when i first bought this the label looked like a brewery that was on a tight budget so i didn’t exspect much.I was wrong this is some damn good beer,high in the spice range not meant for the light hearted good balance mid range after taste definately not one that is for nocking back all day
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a darkish used motor oil brown and settles in the glass as a dark tar-like black mass with a monster sized cocoa brown head solidly puffing up to over an inch from a vigorous pour to some loose rocky/lumpyness eventually fading down to a nice thin skim and very sticky thick and large webby lacing with little tiny dark tan specks of something in it; what the hell, unfiltered malt grains?
Smell has a nice rich deep roasted tone with some chocolate and molasses, dark licorice notes, light black peppery spice and light floral hops. Some alcohol shows up late as it warms. Taste of smooth leveled roasted malts, a calm, creamy, easy start, then some solidness and more deeper tones of the roast builds up mixing with a nice chocolateyness that helps add another yummy level as it retires some and begins the funky, but lovely finish with all sorts of fun things going on; light bitter floral hops, light peppered spice, some thick hazelnut-like notes, more sweeter toned chocolate with a bit of molasses and coffee. Leaves the tongue with a bit of a tingle and deep roasty sweetness lingers. Wow, what a finish! That really did it for me, if it weren't for the finish it would have been a little less enjoyable. Feel has a more lighter creamy front but really gains some substantial hold and fullness while maintaining its creamyness, and finishes strong with lots of goodness and interest. This is from last years(Nov. 02) batch, so its aged some and I think it really has matured into a wonderful warming stout. That nearly 8% ABV really sneaks in, as its incredibly drinkable and smooth, nothing overwhelming, calm and soothing, goes right to your head if ya let it.
Solz16 (5) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got two of these from my brother. Aroma reminds me of a fall beer. Lots of spices, I detect a hint of nutmeg. Apearance is a silky dark brown with a small amount of tan head. Goes down very well, very smooth. You can not tell it has 8 percent alcohol. One of the best stouts I have ever had.
JPDurden24 (1460) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flanny’s, black pour with a tan head. A nice ginger spice with a tasty roasty cocoa backbone. It is a wonderful brew.
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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 “Raven”, 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. “Ah that nose”, 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.