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 (3423) - 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 (7129) - 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 (6239) - 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.
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very strong coffee aroma, with a slight burnt scent, like sticking your nose in the bag of freshly ground beans. Very thin dark head and light lacing. Black but not thick looking. Very dry roasted coffee flavour. Strong dark long lasting roasted flavour that makes you forget that you're drinking a beer. No trace of alcohol. Some mouth dryness. Coffee, espresso and more coffee.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oil color with a medium tan bubbly head that left substantial lace. Aroma of hoppy mocha. This stout is bursting with flavor! Smooth on the palate and tastes like coffee and chocolate mixed, but stronger than mocha. Pretty hoppy and mildly malty with a sweet mocha aftertaste. Delicious overall, and unlike any stout I've ever had.
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee and grain aroma. Black as coal with frothy tan head. A mouthful of coffee, malt and a hint of chocolate. Very interesting and enjoyable.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
really has almost no beer like character...tasted like ground coffee, and not metaphorically like we often describe malt. wow. actually enjoyed it, though it is hard to think of as beer. cannot taste the alcohol one bit. mixed some with milk and irish cream liquor for a milkshake like taste that would win over any beer hater.