HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Holy, java aroma on this stout. The nose is all about coffee. The beer displays classic Bell’s head and lace work. The palate is full flavored and surprising drinkable for a 7.5% brew. The palate is well, very much like a chilled latte. This beer is a very complex after dinner drink. I gave up caffeine for new years, but its ok to cheat tonight. Long strong black coffe finish that dries up very well.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark stout with a moderate tan head. Smells of coffee grounds. Smokey coffee flavor is very evident. A bit thin in the finish but overall very enjoyable.
YogiBeera (2524) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted coffee nose. Little off white head- leaving laces, black - bit reddish colored brew. Smokey nose too. Meaty taste, chalky mineralic, roasted coffee with a metallic finish.
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
it pours a black oily liquid, the initial foam quickly reduces, VERY strong roasted coffee aroma, effervescent mouthfeel, medium- to full-bodied, oily with a robust bitterness, the finish is very long with more coffee notes - very good but one-dimensional
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2004 Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted chocolate. Flavor is coffee and that’s just about it. Not really like a beer, but like alcoholic coffee. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Mocha also somewhere in the flavor. Body is thick and pleasantly creamy. This is quite interesting.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holy iced coffee Batman! Aroma of coffee immediately eminates from the pour. I am a fan of coffee, but I think the coffee strangles any other flavor in this brew. Maybe if I mix it with Bells Double cream stout?
Too one sided for me.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as, well, coffee with a very nice mocha head that leaves a very nice lace down the glass. This is as good as the style can look.
Scent is coffee and chocolate with a touch of malt.
Taste isn’t nearly as good as I was expecting. I’m a coffee snob, admittedly, but this reminds me of a pot that’s been left on the burner for a bit too long, and I like strong dark-roast coffee. Definate coffee and chocolate tastes without much of a beer taste. Hmm, it almosts reminds me more of an iced espresso with a touch of chocolate and some carbonation.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a bitterness bite.
Overall it’s hard to rate this as a Stout, to be honest. It’s very good but not what I would reach for if I wanted a Stout. Definately worth trying.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stout pours with a dark brown to black body with red tinting, topped by a thick, creamy, brown head with lots of lacing. The aroma is roasty/smokey (like cigarette smoke) with slight coffee notes nad a hint of malt. The cigarette smokiness is just to much for me. The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the smokiness is a little more subdued and a mocha note shows through. The finish is bitter and roasty. Full bodied and smooth.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Freshly brewed coffee aroma with a slight hint of sweet chocolate. Strong coffee taste up front that gives way to a smooth caramelly malt and finishes smooth with a good, strong coffee bitter. The coffee definitely mixes well. MarkR does it again with this one.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, mostly opaque, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Body starts with a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness turning more dry and bitter as a result of the coffee. Rich, heavy roasted and bitter finish. Lots of coffee flavor throughout that blends relatively well with the stout underneath.