ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is very coffee like with hints of chocolate. The color is a deep, dark, black with a thick creamy tan head. There is a nice roasted coffee flavor with a background of chocolate and some hop. The finish is creamy and smooth.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tasting session with omhper and ante. Thanks MI2CA for the bottle!
Small head. Burned aroma. Lovely roasted taste without the common offtastes of bacon and rubber. Dark caramel, salmiak, cookies. Sweet fullbodied and clean taste. Beautiful.
omhper (22902) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Opaque black, brownish head. Smokey coffee aroma. Dryish and very roasty with medium body. Strong sooty tar flavour, some dark chocolate in the finish. Interesting and rather complex.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a low beige head. Roasted aroma, notes of vanilla, cocoa, cracker and walnut. Flavour of coffee and dark chocolate with sweet undertones of cookies, blueberr jam, almond and nuts. Long aftertaste of dark chocolate, breadcrusts, roasted coffee and cocoa. Nice stout.
PeteOvertone (13) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick, looks like syrup when pouring into a glass. I was a little surprised for a 6.5% to have such strong flavor, a little to strong. It wasn’t as smooth as I was hoping. Definately a sipping beer. However, I still enjoyed it and would buy it again.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Nice hop aroma with touches of coffee and roasted malts and caramel. Moutfeel is gritty, oily and much more carbonated that I expected. Tastes of chocolate, coffee beans, rye bread, and a long lingering roasted hops finish.
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bells has routinely impressed me. This one is not only not an exception, it was a pleasant experience on all fronts.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Pours balck with a 2 finger thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and some slight chocolate notes. Flavor is coffee-like, sweet, roast, chocolate and a bitter finish. Good body, good brew.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another gem courtesy of Styles- Opaque oily black pour leaving lots of nice belgian style lace. Head is mocha, initially large, and fades to a thin ring. Aroma is mostly coffee and malts, with vanilla and molasses. Semi sweet coffee and coffee beans bitterness are well integrated with molasses and vanilla extract. Bitter sweet coffee finish. Lingering coffe flavours are nice. I almost prefer the other stouts from Bells that I have had, but this one, while not being the monster that the others are, is very well balanced and drinkable, and that’s where it scores its points. Thanks Chris!
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium creamy brown head that dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffe, soy sause. Flavor is not as intense as I expected, coffee, chocolate, roasted goodness with a touch of sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is just right.