Maddog (463) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had this beer on draft at a beer bar called Firkin in suburban Chicago, and I really enjoyed it. However, I was disappointed by the bottle that I drink at home. I loved the opaqueness of pure black and the chunky brown head, but other than the appearance, it fell short of what a Bell’s stout should be. It lacked boldness of body and complexity of flavors. It had a slight malty roastiness, but that was about it. Maybe it was old and stale. Certainly not a 99.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - The first sweet stout I ever had (10 years ago) and still my favorite. Smells like coffee, chocolate, & roasted malts. Black with a small head and decent lacing. Flavor is like it smells, very smooth and long lasting. One sip stays with you for a while making for an enjoyable drink I would recommend to any stout or coffee drinker.
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black brew with a tall mocha colored head.
Chocolate, coffee, and loads of roast malt in the aroma.
This starts out with a bitterness that lasts right through to the end. The Chocolate, coffee and a bit of sweetness make an appearance, but this one is dominated by the roast malt bitterness. I prefer a Porter over a Stout for the reason of a bit less roast malt bitterness, but for those who like a good Stout with those characteristics, this is a real winner.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A remarkable stout. This stuff pours out so amazingly dark, you’d 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 can’t 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. I’m 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.
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little unbalanced. Too much malt for my tastes, I prefer the expedition stout, another Bell’s offering.
This is what an ideal mug of coffee would taste like- you see, no bitterness, slightly sweet and roasted dark flavor.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.