crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color as expected. Coffee aroma. Taste is creamy coffee with some bitterness. A pretty good beer.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ thin, frothy light brown head. Huge aroma of coffee, fruit (cherries, pears), chicory, & a hint of smoke. Full-bodied chewy feel. Complex flavour of roasted coffee, green coffee bean, bitter chocolate & dark fruit. Also as a nice earthy hoppiness to it.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted coffee and chicory aroma, deepest brown, pours a large, short lived cappuccino head. Roasted coffee/cappuccino are the dominant flavours, full bodied, bitter as can be. Marvellous!
piscator34 (2186) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black with strong aromas of espresso and roasted barley. The espresso flavor dominates this beer, but it has an over-roasted quality that makes it a bit astringent. It’s heavy body makes up for the coffee bitterness. A good attempt at this style, but needs some refinement in my opinion.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
extremely tasty stout. Perfect balance between rich chocolate and coffee tastes combined with bitterness and thick stout finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bells just keeps climbing the carts in my opinion. This stuff is as good as any stout I’ve had. Perfectly balanced with hops, coffee and chocolate swimming in one pool of goodness.
Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is old coffee and serrano peppers. Odd. Not much going on here but coffee and stout. Maybe a bit of lactose, fairly balanced, not really sweet. Not terribly bitter. After having the Mill Street Balzac Coffee Stout in Toronto, this is sadly lacking.
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black with a thin, but long lasting mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and hot and reminds me of some chili beers I have had - and I finally recognized the aroma - pimento of all things. Coffee flavor is dominant, but it comes across as burnt and somewhat chalky. Some chocolate notes make their way through as well with a little bit of licorice. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the bitterness of the coffee does not sit extremely well on the aftertaste. A one of a kind unique beer for sure, but not for everyday enjoyment.
Aubrey (3502) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark brown with a big-bubbled head. Huge coffee nose was very inviting. Smooth and velvety body. Cold coffee flavors ... good thing I love coffee. Hints of wood and chocolate. Good stuff.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004: Ruby/black with a small light brown head. Coffee aroma that is a bit too much and ends up smelling a bit like cigarette ashes. Starts and ends sweet with a lighter body than you’d guess.