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RATINGS: 1536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Rerate... Very tasty... traditional Bell's flavor with sesame seed flavors and nice dark coffee flavorings.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours nearly black with no describable head. The aroma is powerful as it is poured from the bottle. If you like drinking STRONG black coffee, this beer is for you (and yes, I drink my coffee black). It reminds me of the bottom of the coffee pot. That said, there is an initial thrust of coffee aroma and flavor which soon yields to the dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor which brings a nice balance to this beer. There is an astringent character in the finish. This is more of a sipping beer to enjoy alone or with a nice dessert. Definitely not one to have 2-3 at one sitting. Too rich.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Poured opaque black with nice sudsy head which faded all too quickly with moderate lace. First aroma impression was hot peppers, then the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt start to sort out. The flavor starts out all strong coffee then fills out with dark toasted malt and bitter chocolate following. Some hops and yeast in the background. Full viscuous body, nice and chewy. An eye-opener.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle: Pours completely black with little to no head. Smell is intense in coffee aroma. If I didn’t see the bottle sitting right in front of me, I would think I was possibly smelling cold coffee, with just a hint of chocolate. The taste is not quite as strong as the smell. It still has that coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Blows away Red Hook Double Black Stout hands down!!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
b;ack pour with a medium bubbly brown head...head disapate quickly...aroma of coffee grounds and mocha....extreme bitter black coffee taste...roasted malts...thick mouthfeel....some charcole and nuts ..... barbeque and coffee....thick mouthfeel...some smoke...great stout

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamT (266) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
12oz bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Motor oil black pour, zero visibility with fully lasting 1/4" thick frothy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma of coffee bean, malt and some chocolate notes. Moderate malt and coffee up front with more chocolate on the finish. As it warmed it was malt from start to finish. Medium body with a cream texture. I dig it!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours out black with a chocolate milk head that laces sheets as it dies. Big roasted coffer beans in the nose with a little sweet malt. Taste is very big coffee roasted beans and grounds, also chocolate makes itself knows with a smooth as silk finish with the slightest dry finish. Its not even funny how smooth this is, and its not crazy thick. A delicious coffee stout with a drinkability that rivals all stouts. Try this

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Pours a thick opaque black with a large diminishing tan head. Huge coffee/espresso (obviously) aroma with vanilla, roast and chocolate in the far background. Medium watery palate with low carbonation. Flavor is packed with very heavy coffee and roast notes. Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla linger in the background. An excellent stout. Stay far away from this one if you dont like coffee, it is very one dimensional. This is a great dessert beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Really significant coffee aroma and flavor. Smokey and dark, with an earthy almost ashy palate. Dark chocolate definitely present. As usual, a good offering from Bell’s.


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