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RATINGS: 2136   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dense opaque appearance, thick dark head formation. Rich fruity (berries and stone fruits) aroma strong coffee roast and chocolate. Sweet creamy dark chocolate flavor, espresso with cassis and cherry providing some balance. Dry strong roasty finish. Very similar to their Special Double Cream that I had last night, should have done a side by side.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 15, 2004
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and resembles graham crackers. Big milky, coffee taste. Coffee aftertaste. Low hop character. Great creamy stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Pitch black body with a brown head with hints of red. Lots of roasty and coffee flavors and aromas. Full-bodied and easy-drinking. Bittersweet chocolate finish.

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 (1224) - 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 (1891) - 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!


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