3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is supposed to resemble coffee.. and while it does have hints of french roast, it also is just plain odd... old, musty... like old soggy fabric. The flavor is excellent, however. Smooth, full, with a sweet milk chocolate taste while in the mouth and a definite coffee flavor in the finish. Very sweet throughout.. I'm enjoying this one.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, deep dark, almost pitch black color. Thick brown head. Distinct aroma of coffee. Full, smooth taste. Hints of the coffee and some chocolate, perhaps. Left a good taste in the mouth. One of several very good Bells products.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black in colour, fully opaque with a dense brown head with suspended tan particles. Aroma of roasted malt (perhaps oatmeal), dark chocolate and definately coffee. Medium-bodied; Sweet caramel flavour mixed with the roasted malt instantly masked by the coffee and chocolate characteristics. Aftertaste fully bittered from the combintation of chocolate and coffee tastes. Overall, a decent beer, not as good as it could be-the alcohol was still noticeable (a bit too much). I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased by my mom from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan and sampled it on 22-November-2003.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colour, small brown head. Coffee, dark chocolate and small notes of vanilla in aroma. Intense roasted coffee flavour with hints of burnt dark malt...and coffee beans. Not very complex.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This really tasted like a cup of coffee. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Interesting, and I would have to try it again.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily black, nice head slowly fades away. Bit of light penetrates at the very edge. Aroma is like opening up a bag of vac sealed beans, just straight up coffee. Touch of chocolate and sweet cream around the edges. Flavor bears a remarkable resemblance to the "Vietnamese" coffee I get at a Cantonese restaurant, which is made with iced black coffee and evaporated milk. Good espresso flavors as well. One dimensional like others said, but a fantastic rendition of that single dimension. Thanks BBB!
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid that light can not penetrate with a medium amount of caramel colored head that dissipates leaving a thin film of head. Aroma is of BREWED coffee, sweet chocolate. Flavor is of brewed coffee, sweet chocolate with a faint amount of hoppiness and dryness. No alcohol detected. Overall, a great beer. Don't really like coffee, but it could be one for the mix. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with thin beige head.
Aroma of fresh brewed coffee and malt.
Coffee flavour with tones of dark chocolate. Coffee finish. Decent bitterness.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown, although not quite opaque because there was some red around the edges, and a large head that left some lacing. Coffee bean aroma, maybe some roastedness could be found as well. Straight coffee taste, no alcohol or anything else, just coffee. I'll start my day off with this more often!
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: aroma of nothing but coffee. Beautiful appearance - black with a smallish dark brown head. Flavor ... man ... I love Bell's - probably my favorite brewery. BUT - and you knew that was coming - the coffee is just too much and too raw. I expected a big stout with notes and hints of coffee. This is more like coffee with hints of stout. I wanted to love it, but I just don't.