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RATINGS: 1431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a mocha colored head. Rich coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma and flavor. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (1110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2014
an incredible stout from Bells. tastes like a cup of dark black coffee. pours black in color with a tan head. smells like black coffee. has a burnt taste as well. had out of a bottle at home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
A nice pitch black body with a thin brown head that had excellent retention. Aroma was a nice mix of roasted malts, coffee and some leather. Flavor was really heavy on coffee, Roasted malts seemed to add an almost smoky quality and a bit of molasses in the finish. Really smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Fantastic stout! Pours darkest brown with a tan persistent head and good lacing. Roasted malt in the nose with a hint of coffee. Big cocoa front end, roasted malts in the middle and namesake java on the back end. Solid mouthful. A delicious desert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (78) - - JUN 22, 2014
6 oz pour from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Pours deep chocolate brown with a thin tan ring that lasts around the perimeter of the glass. Notes of toffee, espresso, finished with vanilla. Flavors of sweet alcohol, roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Would be amazing agreed in a barrel. Awesome Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (996) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Wow! This is an incredible stout! Pours black w/ a tiny head that leaves awesome lacing! The aroma is an incredible burst of roasted coffee notes! The taste is chocolately upfront w/ some nice coffee roast at the finish. Clean, smooth, well balanced, & an absolute delight!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RussianDragon (439) - - JUN 2, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown/nearly black with no light passing. Lingering thin beige head and sugary lacing. Aroma is cold brewed coffee, with bitter sweet chocolate notes. Flavor is overall mild, slightly cigar or tobacco like bitterness dominating the coffee aspects. I am a big fan of Bell’s, but this seems below their usual standard of quality. I’m reminded if day old grounds being reused with this one; a slightly watery mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturdywrists (9) - - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
A bottle of good coffee, unboozy, pitch black cup of Joe, easy to like, do you like coffee, coffee!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (948) - - MAY 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-29-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black color with a billowy tan head. The head was rather persistent and lasted some time before fading and leaving some nice lacing. Smell – Coffee aromas are strong. They are dark and roasty in nature. There is also an ever so light sweet chocolate aroma toward the middle and end of the aroma, but very light in comparison to the strong coffee. Taste – Just as the nose forebode, the taste is quite heavy in coffee. The dark roasted flavor permeates the mouth in the initial taste mixed with a strong roasted malt backbone. Some bitter chocolate works its way in toward the middle of the taste. While the taste is roasty coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate in the beginning it is still very smooth on the tongue. Toward the end the taste sweetens ever sol slightly, giving a lightly sweet coffee and cocoa flavor. It is quite pleasant and a not the slightest bit harsh. Mouthfeel – The body is rather creamy and the carbonation rather low. It coats the tongue allowing all the coffee and chocolate flavors to permeate the tongue; giving big flavors. It’s very pleasant and relaxing. Overall – This is one nice affordable coffee stout. One to try over and over again and have on many of occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - MAY 2, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are largely coffee with a long coffee aftertaste. Very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redbeard3 (107) - - APR 30, 2014
Black pour and big amber head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate and tastes the same. Rich creamy mouthfeel. If the beer is too young the coffee can come off as tasting like day old brew left on the burner but this one (aug 31 13) is just fine.

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