MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Bottle. I’m watching this thick, viscous dark brown liquid pouring into my glass when a pretty good smokey blast hit my nostrils. Then a peat scent and then as I draw closer I find a thick porter like mixture of dark chocolate/coffee and peat. I really wasn’t expecting this. The smoke is all but gone for now. A dense, but thin head laces a bit as it dies down. Ahh... the first sip. The smoke is back, and then the peat and a bit of that alcohol burn as it goes down. Maybe a touch of dark fruit in the background here. Very smooth in spite of the smoke/peat/alcohol content/etc. This is absolutely a fabulous mix of flavors that I would have guessed for a Dubbel. Bravo!
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours quite dark and very thick with a big head and lots of lacing. Rich malty toffee aroma. Flavor is strong maltieness with chocolate and toffee and some wintery spices. Finishes moderatly bitter with an odd thick creamieness.
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An almost black pour with very little tan head. An aroma of chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. A flavor that says alcohol first followed by a light choco then a rasininess. A bit of bitterness at the finish. The palate is full but it comes down to a bit of graininess that is not bad but is different. A good beer thanks Ty5592.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, the honeymoon is over...A Bell’s product that I don’t like. Appearance is black with a frothy brown head. Smells of yeast, licorice and corriander. Palate is medium and oily. Strong anise taste and that corriander comes through as well. Very strong aftertaste. A mixed up mess in my humble opinion.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Pours an opaque black with a large sized tan head. The aroma was of cloves, plums, a bit of chocolate and a definite alcohol presence. A fruity raisin and plum mixture nicely spiced with a woodsy note. There is a definite chocolate taste and some roasted malts. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, and lightly soft. Overall, I thought this beer was a departure from what Bell’s usually brews and is a welcomed change in my opinion
thedm (5611) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whats in a name? Would a stout my anyother name taste as good? Ok where’s the hops then? This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation black colored body. The mild dark malt aroma contained mild chocolate and dark malt notes. The mouth feel was thick semi-flat and smooth. The flavor contained notes of dark malt mild licorice and brown malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and dark, almost stout like in the slowly developing thick brown head. The aroma is not stout like, combining malt and sour yeast. Thick and heavy, with a flat, almost metallic flavor. A short dry finish.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick pour, dark brown color. Smell of honey, coffee, chocolate, male, cherries and alcohol. Smells almost like robitusium cough syrup. Taste of malt, coffee, honey, chocolate, hops, rye, alcohol, fruit, and a very dry bitterness at the end .Very different beer here but I like it.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown body with medium sized, tan head. The aroma is figs, raisins, brown sugar and cloves. The flavor is molases, prunes, roast, cocoa, spice and a touch of alcohol. Medium body, fairly dry, smooth texture and a warm finish.
McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice color, it looked more like a stout. As it warms up I tasted a lot of cinnamon which made this taste spicy. As for lacing…none. It is worth trying but not I would not spend a lot of money trying to get your hands on this one.