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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Dare I say I like it better than the double cream? Rich, full, black, toasty, coffee-chocolate-caramel-candy flavor, round and smooth, mouth-fillingly luscious. Thank you sir may I have another?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
This is one of my all time favorite stouts. Much better than the double cream IMO. Pours almost pitch black, thick, nice deep brown head, and low carbonation. Aroma is tons of roasted barley, chocolate, some coffee, and some licorice. Flavor is overloaded with roasted barley, chocolate malts, and light caramel malt for a balanced sweetness. The black malt is noticed only in the appearance, as there is no harsh acrid astringency in the flavor or mouthfeel. Finish is so damn smooth, and moderately bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5272) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown color head with great retention. Aroma of roasted malt with faint chocolate in the back. Taste is very creamy-like with a nice dose of chocolate. Not a whole lot of hops but I think this is for the best. Very well balance beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
This should be everyoneís go-to stout. When simply wishing for a well-crafted and inexpensive stout, this one is one of the finest. Notes of espresso on the nose and roasted malt lead into more coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. I didnít realize they used oatmeal in this one, but after having it again last night, Iím almost certain they do. I like the fact that Bells doesnít go over the top with the roast here and opts for balance instead. Better on cask (several times at Bling Pig in Champaign, IL), but certainly fine out of the bottle as well. REVISED: Mr. Larry Bell reports no oatmeal. The creaminess, the brown-head retention; I assumed oatmeal. Thanks to Larry for correcting my error!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Been looking forward to trying this one and after 6 hours of class, a meeting, and a physics exam, I think I deserve it! Pours very dark with a small and fading brown head. Coffee and caramel aromas are strongest, with some slight fruit notes as well. Flavor is very well balanced. Iím new to the style, but I know a well made beer when I drink one. This was a nice beer to unwind with after a long day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowveil (7) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
My favorite beer to date. Itís got a bit of a complex flavor with chocolate, coffee, and a slight bitterness. Dark pour, as with most stouts. Not much carbonation to it either. Iíll agree with others on this one, probably the smoothest stout you can have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours black with a one finger creamy brown head. The aroma is roasted coffee beans, caramel, and molasses, along with some vinous notes. The flavor is very roasty, with espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Finish dries out nicely, but is very mildly bitter. Moderately thick and slippery mouth feel. About the smoothest beer youíll ever have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a really dark brown with only a thin layer of foam. Nose is like going around the corner from where I live and they are roasting coffee beans.Roasty and a little smokey.Thick and rich. The roasted flavor is very well defined.Dee-lish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle at the Hop Leaf. Opaque with a thin tan head. Coffee and chocolate notes. Very smooth with a slightly bitter end. A very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
12 oz bottle at the Electric Earth Cafe, surprised to find this one here. Nose coffee, a metallic coffee with some roasted barley and chocolate. Dark black appearance with a light brown head that thins. Total roasty, dark barley flavor with a bitter coffee and chocolate thing going on. Granola finish with some nutty almond flavors and some grassy hops in there also. Medium body.

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