piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black with strong aromas of espresso and roasted barley. The espresso flavor dominates this beer, but it has an over-roasted quality that makes it a bit astringent. Itís heavy body makes up for the coffee bitterness. A good attempt at this style, but needs some refinement in my opinion.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
extremely tasty stout. Perfect balance between rich chocolate and coffee tastes combined with bitterness and thick stout finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bells just keeps climbing the carts in my opinion. This stuff is as good as any stout Iíve had. Perfectly balanced with hops, coffee and chocolate swimming in one pool of goodness.
Aurelius (4199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is old coffee and serrano peppers. Odd. Not much going on here but coffee and stout. Maybe a bit of lactose, fairly balanced, not really sweet. Not terribly bitter. After having the Mill Street Balzac Coffee Stout in Toronto, this is sadly lacking.
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black with a thin, but long lasting mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and hot and reminds me of some chili beers I have had - and I finally recognized the aroma - pimento of all things. Coffee flavor is dominant, but it comes across as burnt and somewhat chalky. Some chocolate notes make their way through as well with a little bit of licorice. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the bitterness of the coffee does not sit extremely well on the aftertaste. A one of a kind unique beer for sure, but not for everyday enjoyment.
Aubrey (3433) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark brown with a big-bubbled head. Huge coffee nose was very inviting. Smooth and velvety body. Cold coffee flavors ... good thing I love coffee. Hints of wood and chocolate. Good stuff.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004: Ruby/black with a small light brown head. Coffee aroma that is a bit too much and ends up smelling a bit like cigarette ashes. Starts and ends sweet with a lighter body than youíd guess.
sethdude (699) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty freakiní good beer. Pours a pitch black with a brown head resting atop. Lends good lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is strong roasted coffee with a touch of yeast. Flavor is similar to a cappucino, starting with strong coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Then, thereís this nice dry section, with a grassy finish and a chocolate aftertaste. A real winner!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma on this thing absolutely won me over, the most amazing coffee aroma on a beer i have ever found. Rich chocolate and coffee, mocha like nose. Taste was very bitter coffee with great mocha flavors that just really give this stout a unique edge. Great roasted flavors in this thick black brew, very smooth and well done imperial stout.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 Mmm coffee, though I didnít taste as much as it sounds some others have. I for one found Java to be balanced- a great stout. Though this is twice now that Bellís stouts have given me the shits....