MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black pour thick tan well laced head. Aroma of light annice some syrupy malts.. pretty light. Palate has a nice body and is fairly thick. Flavor has some odd spiced yeast notes light smokey flavor some well roasted malts touch of chocolate light banannas. Odd and not all that great.
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!...Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. The complex aroma is a swirl of dried plum, wood, blackstrap molasses, chocolate, banana and smoky, spicy phenols. Roasted, dark fruit flavors with charred bitterness. Very little, if any, residual sweetness. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, smoky, bitter finish. Another world class brew from Bells! Kudos to moejuck for the bottle!
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Very thick and rich. Smells a lot like black licorice. Some chocolate flavor and a little belgian flavor. Seemed like some sort of stout to me. another great beer from bells.
Rerate. still the same.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown/nearly black, much like a stout, and only a very smallish, almost nonexistant head on it. Strongly spicy nose, very full aroma: with lots of smokiness in both the aroma and the flavor. It is probably the smokiest dubbel Iíve ever had. Quite sweet and malty too, but not syrupy. I expected the alcohol to be greater, but this is a very smooth beer, even slightly "creamy" mouthfeel. Decent beer.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to moejuck for this - very dark burgundy color, nearly opaque, with thick tan lace around the glass - the aroma is lightly smokey, with some plum, light spice and floral notes, and dark chocolate - moderate roasted malts in the flavor, with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit flavors - fairly thick mouthfeel for this style - finishes slightly bitter, to cut the sweetness, with lingering smoke - quite a hefty, tasty interpretation of the style.
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is very good. The beer is black, and there is a thick khaki colored foam on top. One of the thickest and darkest dubbels I have had. Aroma is malt, light smoke, and some fruit. Flavor has charcoal, well done roast beef, sweet malt, some fruit and very light hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black and muddy with a small tan head which quickly faded. Aroma is complex malt aroma like bread molasses and mild coffee, hop aroma of citrus and yeasy aroma of bubblegum. Flavor is also complex it starts balanced and finishes more on the bitter. with a distinct coffee/ toasted malts flavor. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated. Nice job, I will be drinking this again soon.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks Ryan!) Pours surprisingly dark, with a bubbly tan/brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, (also some ripe lighter fruit), yeast, spiciness (especially clove) and sweet malts. Flavor has a subdued roatiness to it, with smooth sweet malts, and a complex yeast/fruit arrangement that takes it far beyond usual dubbel territory. Very unique, and quite enjoyable.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Roziís in Cleveland. Strange mixed aroma of yeast, clove, raisen, fruit, and smoke. Flavor is like a cross between a stout and a dubbel...weird. Dark roast, phenols, yeast, wheat malt. Dry bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. This is a bizarre marriage of flavors. Not sure I care for this one. A stouty dubbel. Maybe this will get better with some time in the cellar.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting drink, kind of like a mix between a dubbel and a dry stout, utilizing the better qualities of both. It pours a deep dark brown body with a chocolate head. The aroma is dark caramel with dark cherries and a touch of dark roasted malts. A hit of coffee and a dollop of chocolate are added to the flavor along with one or two raisins. The finish is is a roasted dryness. Dubbel or another Bellís stout in disguise? Either way, itís good.
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