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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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
bottle. pours a dark, dark brown with a smallish light brown head. interesting and flavorful. a little bit sweet, alittle bit dry and a little bit bitter. Exceptional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown in color with nice brown head. very good lacing. Nice aroma of grain and malt. Nice flavor of some chocolate and coffee but also a definite earthy taste. nice balance. i recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
A remarkable stout. This stuff pours out so amazingly dark, youíd think it was ink. It looks like a light-body espresso shot, except in this case, the head is light brown. I hold my glass up to a light bulb and still canít see through it. I notice dark malt aromas with some roasted as well. Definite smells of dark dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, and body pretty cloying. Iím not noticing the coffee flavors as much, but more of the dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. The thick malty body with chocolate characteristics make this beer nice and rich. The lovely aromas and the somewhat intimidating appearance provide for an attractive beer and one impressive stout. Bravo Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
A little unbalanced. Too much malt for my tastes, I prefer the expedition stout, another Bellís offering. This is what an ideal mug of coffee would taste like- you see, no bitterness, slightly sweet and roasted dark flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pours black with a nice dark brown head. Tastes and smells like a good mocha.Full bodied and leaves a nice bitter afternote. Great for rich deserts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Opaque black with an extremely thick carmel colored head...beautiful. Rich chocolate aroma along with coffee and amaretto. Incredibly rich and creamy chocolate flavors accompanied by the wonderful coffee and bitter chocolate. Very thick and chewy, this could be a meal in itself...near perfect.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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.

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