pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours BLACK with a nice dense brown head. I could not just justify giving this less than a perfect score for appearance, this thing looks like a monster imperial stout. Smells like a really good cup of coffee with cream and sweet roasted malt. Profuse swirling really releases some coffee grind smells that really proves it’s not just roasted barley in there. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little tiny bubbles, a little viscous. The flavor is espresso, cream, sweet malty vanilla, and charcoal. The lingering bitterness is not just charcoal but also that fruity coffee acidity. I have to say, I was skeptical, but this beer proves you really can make a drinkable beer with coffee. For as big as this beer is, I could drink a few!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this is a good one! Its entirely black, with a big dark brown head. It smells sweeter than I expected- some vanilla in there. Most of all, it smells like coffee, roasty, malty. Its super creamy. The flavour is similar to the aroma- still very sweet with coffee as the main component, but here now I get a hint of chocolate and more nuttyness. The roasty flavours really linger nicely.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee greets the nose and is prominant throughout the enjoyment of this glass. The color is nice deep black with tan head. From start to finish the roasted coffee comes through very nicely. A slight roasted bitterness lingers on the palate after.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
easy to taste the coffee in this one, a great smelling, pleasant tasting beer, not too thick, but thick enough
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally incredible beer. Amazing deep roasty flavor and aroma. I like coffee and I like beer... and I like this... and I like Jessica Alba. I would drive to Michigan to get this beer if it wasn’t available in PA.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
You will not be looking for the coffee in this one! Good blend of dark coffee and dark malty flavors. A nice after dinner drink.
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you like the bitterness of a good coffee, try this beer. It was like consuming cold, chocolately espresso -- fantastic! It pours with a silky tan head. It appears midnight black; dark enough to obscure the light of day. The coffee flavor certainly lingers in one’s mouth for minutes after each sip. This is a beer you want to drink by the fire after a nice meal, as more than a bottle in an evening would be excessive.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 [Rating update: this tasting is very similar to what I got from the original rating, but the quirks, especially in the aroma, seem less pointed. Bumping aroma from 6 to 7, and overall to 15. Not Bells best executed stout, but like the rest of the family, pitch-perfect mouthfeel.] Rich black pour with a fine layer of dense tan head. The aroma that hit me first is neither coffee nor the roasted barley character I expected: it is a rich, freshly tilled black earth smell, very wet and organic. Then some smoke and a touch of vanilla, raisins and kind of a bean sprout thing. Under all that, some coffee and black malt character. An overall appealing aroma, but also kind of odd. Flavor is a bit more of what I expected. Dark chocolate rounded out with a pleasant coffee bitterness. Still under those flavors I am getting a touch of something earthy and green. Not to the point of distracting, but it leaves the finish a bit less clean. Lovely soft and warming palate, like a bit of dark chocolate dissolving on my tongue. Overall, a pretty good stout with a few personality quirks.
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a more substantial head than most stouts. Foamy and tan. Aromas are heavy of smoke, charcoal and coffee with a touch of chocolate in the background. Flavor is much lighter than expected given the burnt wood aromas. Chocolate and coffee are the dominant players, but there is also a nice vanilla/cream undercurrent that goes nicely with the silky mouthfeel. The smokey charcoal scent reappears as a bit of an aftertaste. Lovely.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Folgers crystals on the nose. Very black pour with slight crimson on the edges. Taste like spoonfuls of coffee grounds have incorporated deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Lingering coffee flavor. A truly delightful coffee brew. Thanks Zach.