drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I love coffee, I drink a pot every morning and love coffee flavored things too. This, I did not love. Oh yes, it was full of coffee and yes it was Sumatra (one of my favorites), but this was thin, acidic, and unpleasant. Coffee is just not good cold unless it is sweet espresso, and this was not only cold it tasted like coffee grounds - you know, that old, dingy taste that worsens with age like a burned out cigarette. It is imperative that a coffee stout have an equal amount of malt and roundness to back up the flavor, and this just doesnít.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another pitch black baby, but this time one with a nice head. The other November stouts have been a bit sluggish in this department. What starts out as lacing on the glass ends up being sheeting and was a little more difficult than usual to clean. Even left my lips a little sticky. The aroma and flavor are very roasty and fairly dry. The coffee in the beer does more to reinforce and complement the roasty malt than to actually pop in the flavor. A black chocolate is submissive to the bitter roast. The mouthfeel is a bit gritty. The sourness present in a lot of the other November stouts is only a ghost lurking behind the other flavors. This is probably the best of the groupís offerings but it would have benefitted from a creamier mouthfeel with or without the grittiness.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The last of the stouts of Novemeber that I have to try and I think its probably my favorite. Black with a frothy espresso-like tan head and a huge sweet coffee smell. Lots of coffee bitterness in the initial tasting. Very smooth. Definite dark roast coffee flavor but with a lot of sweetness, like strong coffee with caramel swirled into it. Very bitter fininish. Not for everyday drinking but a very tasty stout variation.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít know if this is going to put me to sleep or keep me up all night. Black with nice tan head. Huge coffee nose. It does taste a little burnt. Probably my second favorite of the Bellís November Stouts behind Oatmeal.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black color, brown head. Huge aroma of burnt coffee and light roast, somewhat vegetal. Very roasty body, big coffee flavor although the coffee tastes somewhat burnt. Long finish. This coffee stout works well for me, reminds me of Tim Hortons coffee, which is of course a good thing.
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 (8367) - 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 (6824) - 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 donít 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 couldnít take this in large doses.