Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Pours black and sick with a creamy white head. Nose of coffee and burnt rubber. Intense coffee flavor--too much, in my opinion. It hides any other nuances the beer might have had to offer.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Strongest aroma of coffee this side of an actual coffee. Perhaps too much coffee, at least for my tastes. But then again, I'm not a huge fan of coffee. Now, my thinking is this: does the caffine from the coffee cancel out the alcohol from stout. Well, probably not, but man, this one intense brew. But I must give this brew serious props for the nice representation of its two halfs.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark body with minimal tan head. Massive coffe aroma. The flavor is dominated by... you guessed it, coffee. Mid-taste some realy nice stout flavors develop to save the day. Had this not happened this would be alcoholic coffee. Since things mellowed out mid-swallow and the finish is so very nice this beer scores well. Those Kalamazoo folks sure do know how to make stouts.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer. Tan head. Really smells like coffee a lot. Like the coffee grounds more than the coffee brewed. The flavor on the other hand really tastes more like a stout than like coffee. There is a coffee flavor to the beer but there is more going on. Great bitterness and yet a slight chocolatey malty sweetness to it as well. Different but good.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra points for a unique aroma...I've never smelled anything like this, other than a fresh pot of coffee. Lovely black color with a relitevly long lasting head. The flavor can only be described as coffe brewed with hops. Wonderful finish. A distinctive stout to say the least.
3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is supposed to resemble coffee.. and while it does have hints of french roast, it also is just plain odd... old, musty... like old soggy fabric. The flavor is excellent, however. Smooth, full, with a sweet milk chocolate taste while in the mouth and a definite coffee flavor in the finish. Very sweet throughout.. I'm enjoying this one.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, deep dark, almost pitch black color. Thick brown head. Distinct aroma of coffee. Full, smooth taste. Hints of the coffee and some chocolate, perhaps. Left a good taste in the mouth. One of several very good Bells products.
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black in colour, fully opaque with a dense brown head with suspended tan particles. Aroma of roasted malt (perhaps oatmeal), dark chocolate and definately coffee. Medium-bodied; Sweet caramel flavour mixed with the roasted malt instantly masked by the coffee and chocolate characteristics. Aftertaste fully bittered from the combintation of chocolate and coffee tastes. Overall, a decent beer, not as good as it could be-the alcohol was still noticeable (a bit too much). I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased by my mom from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan and sampled it on 22-November-2003.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colour, small brown head. Coffee, dark chocolate and small notes of vanilla in aroma. Intense roasted coffee flavour with hints of burnt dark malt...and coffee beans. Not very complex.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This really tasted like a cup of coffee. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Interesting, and I would have to try it again.