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This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.

Pours onyx black with a brown head that left a film on the beer. This may be the blackest stout Iíve seen thus far. Aroma is fainter than I expected, but is a quite agreeable roasted coffee. Flavor is predominately bittersweet chocolate with some coffee, with a subtle sweetness and a bitter roasted character to the finish. The palate is extremely silky and thick, like wrapping the entirety of the mouth in a down comforter. My only complaints are that the aroma and taste, though complex and quite balanced, are not as pronounced as I would like. The real treat to this beer is the mouthfeel. I think I may have a soft spot for the Java Stout more, but I can certainly appreciate the artistry that goes into this beer. Overall Iím becoming more and more impressed by Bellís stouts, and I never cease to be amazed at how heavy they sit in the stomach.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque. (I know i just copied and pasted it, but I am rating over 100 beers today and am running out of things to say about them all!!!!!)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 A thick dark pour promising almost sinnful pleasures, mocha chocolate roasted malt aroma, rich creamy mocha chocolate taste, smooth mouthfeel, nicely sweet aftertaste. It is my favorite stout,

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1221) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2004
12 oz bottle. Tasted at 53 degrees. The color is black, ink black. Nice light brown head that subsides after a minute or two, but leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bittersweet choclate/cofee with a bit of tart berry/fruit hiding uder the surface. The taste is multilayered, with the roast/coffee/woodsy flavor going to a sweetish/citrus rind flavor then a long lasting sweetish/roast finish. There seems to be alot going on. The mouth feel is great. It coats my entire mouth and feels "thick" in the mouth. This is one of the best non-imperial stouts I have ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2004
12oz bottle, no BBD. Black beer, brown head, opaque. Big roasty, chocolate, coffee aroma. Medium body, finishes with bitterness mostly from the malts I think. Lovely malty beer. Simply one of the best "regular" stouts Iíve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2004
12oz. bottle: This pours an inky, dark brown color. There was very little brown head to this one. The aroma is raosted coffee, with some sweetness also. Possible chocolate and caramel. The taste is quite rich. It is silky, sweet, and has roasted coffee, chocolate. Full bodied. Extremely nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
Sweet yet roasty coffee aroma with strong notes of citrus-orange hops. Opaque dark brown body topped with dense, lasting, small-bubbled, dark brown head that coats the glass a bit. Malty sweetness and orange-resin hops in the flavour with a pervasively intense roastiness from sart to finish. Thick, luxurious, velvet-like, creamy, smooth mouthfeel and lusciously full-bodied. Bottle. Thanks, Silphium!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 This is some deep dark stout. Holding it up to a light...still looks jet black. Dark carmel head. Not much of it, but what there is lingers in a nice lacy ring around the rim. Smooth dark roast and coffee aroma. Hints of port, leather, and cinnamon. Body is wonderfully chewy and mouthfilling, coating the pallette with goodness. Lingering, oh so smooth finish. Flavors of dark roast toffee, carmel, chocolate, coffee, all playing off of each other in careful balance. Complex, wonderful stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alehead (17) - womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2004
very full flavored, chocolate, light coffee,caramel and an ever so lovely nice creamy bitterness. very smooth and satisfying. I could easily drink this every day for the rest of my life ! my favorite stout....so far and Iíve tasted about 15 diff. micro stouts. this even tastes better than some impyís Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Tons of carmel and chocolate. Nice black body, with a thin mocha head. Taste has coffee that strengthens, hops, slightly nutty with toffee. Not as rich/sweet as I expected, but a very nice brew.


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