HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a huge rocky brown head. Aroma has a giant burnt coffee aroma. Flavor has the Bellís stout taste to it accompanied by a "coffee thatís been sitting on the warmer too long" taste. Bitterness comes from the roasted grain. After the initial flavor shock, this was pretty tasty.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, very dark, thick creamy brown head, very nice lacing, definite aroma of coffee, taste of chocolate and of course coffee, leaves an earthy bitterness. i like it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Thin brown head. Big coffee aroma coming off this beast. Side notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Full bodied. Smooth. Very coffee in taste. Bitter, whether from hops or coffee I donít know. A nice beer if you know what you are getting into.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer!
Poured like motor oil: a thick, onyx black with a brown head that left a lacing on the glass. Some creamy stout aroma, though not as strong as I thought it would be. Taste is coffee, jo, coffee, some roastedness, coffee, java, cafe, some cream, chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like someone crushed fresh coffee beans into the beer. I used to eat fresh coffee beans whole, so I like this a lot. Becomes somewhat sweeter as it warms, balancing out the heavy roasted bitterness. This stuff is really unique and enjoyable. Iím glad Iíve got two more bottles! Thanks again, Matt!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Looks great...deep brown with a tan head that floated for a decent amount of time...the smell was another story though...it was the scent of the used coffee filter on the next day when you go to make the next pot. The flavor is heavy, heavy roast and coffee, and a little on the harsh side. I like coffee, and I like beer, so I thought this was gonna be a festive bottle, but the bottom line is, Iím glad I only have one bottle.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
What the hell? Java? They should have named this "wood ash stout." This tastes like something has gone amiss in the brewery, as though the place went up in flames and burning embers fell into the brew kettle as they tried feverishly to finish the batch......Everything started out nicely: nice coffee & rosted malt aroma, tight caramel-colored head, inky black body, then everything fell apart. This is too much java flavor, and I (like maltdog) consider myself a coffee achiever! I donít often ditch a beer, but I gave this one 9 oz, then pitched the last 3. Unpleasant beer. Way overrated.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 bottle from Crane Alley, Urbana, IL / coffee coffee coffee ! ! ! and cremey, also. pours like motor oil, and it tastes so damn good. a fruitiness comes out as it warms, which iím not too fond of, but iíd definitely have another when i can. this was my dessert beer at Crane Alley. after a Bellís Two Hearted and White, this was a good end. UPDATE 2/11/05: bottle, english pint, room. temp / aroma and flavor is dominated by coffee... BEANS! yes, did the filter break? wow. wonderful appearance and palate, but the whole java thing is nearly way too much for me. a good beer, though, but this is the thickest chocolate flavored coffee i ever had! (and the thickest, but this is a stout, ha) / uprated appearance, and no notes of an odd fruitiness this time.
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oily dark dark brown, the color of 30-year-old rococo motel furniture. Dense caramel brown head. Aromas of chocolate syrup (not name brand), chalk dust, bakerís chocolate, iron, smoke. International menagarie of flavors- sorghum, tamari, tropical fruits (PNW hops?), turkish coffee, yoghurt (lactose?). Distracting acidity. Palate as thick and creamy as whole fat milk. Aftertaste of beef bullion cubes and stale instant coffee granules. Now, Iím a coffee snob; I grind the beans when I buy them and brew it strong. But this potion looks, feels, smells, and tastes like plastic artificial ice cream topping. Sweet, meaty, and totally unbeerike in all respects. How can such a crappy beer get such high ratings?
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full distict coffee malt aroma, and what you smell is what you taste, Bold wide creamy coffee malt brew, with the smoothest of textures as all Bells stouts seem to have. A little bitterness brings a nice ending to this tantalizing brew
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with no describable head. The aroma is powerful as it is poured from the bottle. If you like drinking STRONG black coffee, this beer is for you (and yes, I drink my coffee black). It reminds me of the bottom of the coffee pot. That said, there is an initial thrust of coffee aroma and flavor which soon yields to the dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor which brings a nice balance to this beer. There is an astringent character in the finish. This is more of a sipping beer to enjoy alone or with a nice dessert. Definitely not one to have 2-3 at one sitting. Too rich.