UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very pronounced coffee flavor and aroma. They must have used great beans, and a lot of them, because this beer tasted pretty much like drinking some ultra premium $5 a cup coffee shop stuff. Very bitter and roasty, enhanced with malt and hops. Easily one of my top ten stouts ever.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, creamy tan head, leaves a lace in my glass, strong coffee aroma and flavor very,very bitter, kind of like chewing on coffee beans, after it warms gets much more flavoful, the most bitter coffee stout I have ever had, and I like it.
hopscotch (8242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer rocks!
The aroma is of saw dust, dark roasted coffee beans, molasses, caramel, rich earth and vanilla.
The stout pours as black as tar. It looks like 50,000 mile motor oil. Black hole in a glass. Large, frothy head, deeply-tanned with a copper tint. Mostly lasting with very good lacing.
Deep, dark, unsweetened chocolate. Freshly turned earth. Espresso up front. Lightly buttery and slightly pungent on the backside.
Full-bodied with lively carbonation and a silky/creamy mouthfeel. Long, dry, clean finish.
Another excellent stout from Bells.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow - this is like drinking alcoholic iced espresso! Beautiful black pour with minimal head. Super bitter bite to those espresso beans! Interesting - but a little strong.
Dogbrick (6178) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
You have to like coffee to like this Stout. I don’t drink coffee but I do like a hint of it in many of the Stouts I drink and enjoy. There is much more than a hint here though. Dark brown with a thin light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pure coffee. Flavor is somewhat bitter but not to the point where it becomes hard to drink. Finish is all roasted coffee with a little malt. I couldn’t take this in large doses.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just didn’t like this one. Bitterness overpowers the coffee flavor. The stout characteristics are somewhat lost except for the color and aroma. Had a full strong body though.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good stout. I love the fact that is was VERY coffee-like. The mouth feel is full and it leaves a wonderful coffee aftertaste.
Darkover (1499) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Black with a small brown head. Strong roasted and some chocolate aroma. Flavor of coffee and malt. Pretty thick bodied. The finish is the most like real coffee.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full of flavor. Adequate coffee taste added with the roasted malt creates a terrificly delightful beer. Not for anyone who hates coffee, that is for sure.
DaSilky1 (2605) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 I cant believe this. this is the third time im entering in this rating..where is this rating going..what is going on here..I can't handle this..I went into much detail..now i must conjure it up from my memory of 20 minutes ago..which is hard for me to do..the aroma was soilish with dots of raw coffee beans..i sniffed and i sniffed and eventually i notice a strong resemblance to that stuff you get at magic stores that makes smoke come from your fingertips, i bought that stuff once at disney world, it was cool, i got high of the fumes..the appearance was model quality, I was gonna ask this beer out on a date, but then i realized that it was a beer and i was really wierd, and i stopped..the flavors weere very coffeeish, with a big firm bitterness and lots of hop flavors, the mouthfeel was silky, creamy, full, and nice..I had this with a string of other bell's stouts and I found this one to be the king..