YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted coffee nose. Little off white head- leaving laces, black - bit reddish colored brew. Smokey nose too. Meaty taste, chalky mineralic, roasted coffee with a metallic finish.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
it pours a black oily liquid, the initial foam quickly reduces, VERY strong roasted coffee aroma, effervescent mouthfeel, medium- to full-bodied, oily with a robust bitterness, the finish is very long with more coffee notes - very good but one-dimensional
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2004 Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted chocolate. Flavor is coffee and thatís just about it. Not really like a beer, but like alcoholic coffee. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Mocha also somewhere in the flavor. Body is thick and pleasantly creamy. This is quite interesting.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holy iced coffee Batman! Aroma of coffee immediately eminates from the pour. I am a fan of coffee, but I think the coffee strangles any other flavor in this brew. Maybe if I mix it with Bells Double cream stout?
Too one sided for me.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as, well, coffee with a very nice mocha head that leaves a very nice lace down the glass. This is as good as the style can look.
Scent is coffee and chocolate with a touch of malt.
Taste isnít nearly as good as I was expecting. Iím a coffee snob, admittedly, but this reminds me of a pot thatís been left on the burner for a bit too long, and I like strong dark-roast coffee. Definate coffee and chocolate tastes without much of a beer taste. Hmm, it almosts reminds me more of an iced espresso with a touch of chocolate and some carbonation.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a bitterness bite.
Overall itís hard to rate this as a Stout, to be honest. Itís very good but not what I would reach for if I wanted a Stout. Definately worth trying.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stout pours with a dark brown to black body with red tinting, topped by a thick, creamy, brown head with lots of lacing. The aroma is roasty/smokey (like cigarette smoke) with slight coffee notes nad a hint of malt. The cigarette smokiness is just to much for me. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the smokiness is a little more subdued and a mocha note shows through. The finish is bitter and roasty. Full bodied and smooth.
zach8270 (3470) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Freshly brewed coffee aroma with a slight hint of sweet chocolate. Strong coffee taste up front that gives way to a smooth caramelly malt and finishes smooth with a good, strong coffee bitter. The coffee definitely mixes well. MarkR does it again with this one.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, mostly opaque, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Body starts with a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness turning more dry and bitter as a result of the coffee. Rich, heavy roasted and bitter finish. Lots of coffee flavor throughout that blends relatively well with the stout underneath.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, hand pumped at Elmer Sudds. I have not had a beer even close to this. Huge foamy head, major espresso hit, and good espresso at that. Body is thin to medium. Super, I'd like a pot of this for breakfast every day!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with dark brown hues, hearty frothy tannish head, with what looks to be good lacing. † Aroma is highly coffeenated, burnt malts too. † YEOWZERS, that first taste is pure coffee, black and syrupy. † In the middle I finally get that burnt malt flavor, which is accompanied by bittersweet chocolate and hops, very RICH as well. † As it finishes I pick up more of the sweetness, the bitterness also seems to slowly fade into the background. † Body is fantastic, taste is phenomenal. † Lingering coffee, burnt malts, light hop bitterness, and semi-sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. † This is by far the richest coffee flavored stout to date. † Well done Bell's! † Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade.