roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a good amount of froathy light brown head. Lot of carbonation bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass. Looks delicious. Aroma is like a sweet chocolate mocha, bits of caramel and nut. Flavor is very strongly like coffee (go figure!) and very roasty and dry. I would say, itís almost warming in flavor. Quite bitter in finish. Overall, very different, but very good.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one hell of a brew. Being a lover of stouts of all kinds, this one in particular stikes me as something Iíd love to drink all of the time. What a great blend of coffee roastiness, toffee, alcohol, caramel and all the characteristic roasted stout flavors. Love it to death.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#500 - Motor oil black, thick mocha colored head. The nose was rich dark roast coffee grounds, pepper, and bitter chocolate, with very light tones of toasty caramel. Flavor was similar with bitter coffee grounds and blackened citrus fruit dominating, but all of it slowly became encompassed in bitter chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, dry, ashy, bitter java finish. Very similar to Founderís, but this was comes off just a bit more bitter. Still love it though...
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful black pour with a chewy, fluffy brown head. Very aromatic, dark roasted coffee, and rich caramel. Creamy, full mouthfeel. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and finishes on a very strong roasted/smokey note. Beautifully put together coffee infused stout. A rewarding intro into bells beers!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily thick black pour, with a nice very fine creamy tan brown head. Aromas of coffee grounds and fried chicken. A real roasted quality. Flavors are bursting on the palate, rich coffee and espresso with a drop of cream and some smooth backgrounds of butter and milk belgian chocolate. Little notes of raspberry and torte. Like a blossoming rich truffle in my mouth; full of kahlua, rum, and toasted hazlenuts. Palate is surprisingly cool, refreshing and not harsh. Dry and oaky towards the end. Fantastic!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Springslicker for the bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissapated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee beans, with a tinge of cocoa. Roast malt and cocoa flavors in the nose. Coffee flavors quickly become more dominant. All these roasted flavors create an earthen, coffee bean oil-like bitterness. The alcohol is not very evident, except the warming effect after a few sips. The mouthfeel is thick, at first smooth but after the resinous bitter character coats the tongue enough, feels more sticky. This beer certainly doesnít pretend to be anything it isnít. Whatever that means.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW, This is a great brew!! I canít even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. When I first saw it, my mind went to The Drew Carey Show and their Buzz Beer. But I have to say this is a must try!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I hesitate to give anything a full score, but in my short beer rating life this is the beer I enjoyed the most. This stout is like the smoothest, blackest, coffee. Full bodied, this beer did not dissapoint by being too thin or carbonated. I just couldnít ask anything more from this beer, I do enjoy more of an alcohol warming but this is not an Impy and with a higher abv the palate might suffer. In the end this stout was exactly what I had hoped it to be and that is a first.
rastafar (5) - DETROIT, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent example of a coffe stout (but not michigans best). It has a nice dark color. the head has the color of a toasted marshmellow (mmmm marshmellow). the aroma is like someone just brewed up a nice pot of um..java. the only problem I have with this beer is the price, and I live in michigan, whatís up with that?
Tonsk45 (17) - Santa Fe, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
not much of a head, extreme coffee smell and taste. the stouty flavor comes through a lot more in this java stout than in the Bells cherry stout. seems more like drinking a cup of black coffee than a stout.