duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 To me, the aroma didn't appear to be right, lots of ashy roasted coffee beans, and oddly some rotting vegetables? I liked the first part of the aroma i mentioned, but not the second aspect. I dunno if ot was a bad bottle, but the palate didn't suggest it was. Palate is quite smooth, roasty and ashy, decent, with quite pronounced bitterness, interesting and innovative, but I don't think this quite worked.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ta once again to mcdufus. looks very nice indeed - very dark brown with beautiful creamy lightbrown head. the smell was pretty weird, like something was wrong with it - may have been a dribbling of new glarus belgian red left over from the previous glass mingling weirdly, i dunno. fortunately the taste bore no relationship to the aroma. nice and burnt, very very smooth, maybe too smooth. fatty, sweet body and grainy coffee. not real complex or interesting, but drinkable, once you get past the toilet duck aroma.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black black black. Head small but very creamy and soft. Aroma, damn I'm in the minority here, this just didn't work. Smells like coffee, and that's about it. Cold coffee. Somehow, cold coffee just doesn't do it, aroma-wise. Flavor is definitely more interesting and complex than the aroma leading to it, coffeeish to be sure but also bitter chocolate, nuts and some orangey hoppiness. Carbonation just slightly on the high end. A disappointment in relation to the rest of Bells products, but overall solid.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very bold & roasty aroma. This stout was definitely a cut above, as far as stouts go, IMHO. Delectable, well-done. Trying to get off caffeine seems a little bit impossible with this tempting me...
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Rerate... Very tasty... traditional Bell's flavor with sesame seed flavors and nice dark coffee flavorings.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and beer swirled in sanctimonious splendor? Indeed. Stout and java are the perfect match, and Bells has crafted a tasty brew combining the best of two camps of cherished beverage. I feel much as I do about Rogue Chocolate Stout- the flavor here is, by its very nature, powerful but not complex, yet this is not a fault of this specialist's ale. Jump for java!
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I call this breakfast beer. Super dark, loads of coffee aromas and intense coffe flavor. Also has a nice hops bite. This beer is different, but I like it.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is wet coffee beans. A full bodied stout. Strong coffee flavor dominates over everything else in this beer. There are some roasted malt flavors, choclately and sweet, but they are so blown away by the coffee. Its like drinking a stout that has had some coffee added. I realize that that’s the effect they were going for, but it doesn’t really work well for me. There is a touch of bitterness, but I can’t tell if it’s the coffee or the hops. Despite its unbalances it’s very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2002 bottle. Tasted like coffee mixed with beer. About as simple as you would imagine. It was interesting, sure, but come on Bells, stop making novel beers with 1 particular ingredient that stands out. I get tired of being disappointed by their monthly stouts. But I am being too harsh, at least they make lots of stouts, more than most breweries can say. Again, a simple, smooth stout, with bittersweet coffee tones. 8/4//6/2/12
2004 bottle After having Founders Breakfast, Kuhnhenn’s Creme Brulée and Péché Mortel, it was high time I rerated this one. So here we go. Roasty peanuts and coffee beans in the nose, a bit of bitter chocolate and some lactic notes. Flavor is much more rounded than I recall from 2 years ago. There’s more chocolate in this coffee stout, which translates to more sweetness and more balance. Gritty, chewy, medium-full to full body, low carbonation. They’ve certainly worked this one out. Chocolate and roast on the finish, a bit of vanilla and hops as well. 8/5/8/4/16
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unfortunately I didn't like this particular stout because I just can't acquire a taste for coffee tasting beers even though this particular stout didn't have as strong of a coffee taste as I have recently tried.But at least I tried it!!