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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2004
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, baker’s 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, I’m 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2004
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4860) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours near headless with an opaque body. The nose is of raw coffee with undertones of the scent of an cold ashtray on an outdoor cafe. Mildly nutty, gritty, expresso bean flavour with a good bitter cocoa powder dry/bitter finish. Very enjoyable. Many thanks Luc!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, cream and espresso. Black body, tan head. This is coffee I swear. Black coffee with alcohol and cream. This is the best coffee-esque brew I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle pours black with a thick tan head and some brown lace. The aroma is of bitter chocolate and coffee. The flavor is quite coffee like, very roasted malt, bitter chocolate, somewhat sweet like somebody has put sugar in my morning java, and rich like a latte. The palate is rich and smooth. Overall, this one rocks. I like coffee, I like beer, the two together are better than I imagined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Nose is strange. Bitter coffee, iodine, smokey (or is that me associating iodine w. smoked peat?) Iodine continues into the flavor. Burnt coffee and toffee flavors. Smoke/peat. Astringent. Something like superbitter coffee ice cream

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
At the initial pour I was taken aback. The black body, the thick, tan, bubbly head, the oh-so-strong aroma of coffee overpouring in a very good way...the sight and smell were almost too much to take in at once. And now the flavor and palate....both are indescribably smooth. This beer is so similar to my morning cup of coffee, I might just begin waking up to it instead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottle. Motor oil black, extremely strong coffee aroma with some chocolate in there too. The flavor is good but doesn’t *quite* live up to the heavenly aroma. Flat, smooth. Coffee overpowering throughout, well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Bottle: Excellent coffee aroma with some chocolate. Pours a dark brown virtually black with a nice tan head with fair retention. Flavor is all coffee. Very light sweetness in the front is quickly overtaken by a strong black coffee finish. There are some stouts that are all coffee flavored but they tend to be watered down or not as flavorful all around. Don’t think you can get a much stronger, yet still relatively balanced, coffee flavor than this. Very nice stout.

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