Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinctive brewer flavor. Great aroma. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of hopping and sweetness. Bells is one of the best east side breweries. A fantastic stout.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark-tan head, smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. I held my glass up to the light, the light couldn’t be seen through this extremely dark and dense stout. The flavor was excellent, I look forword to trying more of the Bell’s stouts.
creed643999 (2) - houghton, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark, nice coffee-like aroama and flavor, first beer rating but still one of the better one’s I have tasted
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose very reminiscent of St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, tan head, with very smooth, roasted flavor. Traces of burnt caramel all over the place with a well defined bitterness. Good stuff.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 black with foamy tan head. nice coffee and roast aroma. smooth mouthfeel. flavours of bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, toast. balanced hoppy finish. a fine stout.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I’m going to stop describing how stouts look in my ratings unless they look ’un-stoutlike’. Opaque, dark brown? Check. Brownish head? Check. Alright...lovely malt aroma, baker’s chocolate, coffee grounds, talc, oats, and light aromatic hops. Silky and mouthfeel and smooth black malt yield to a lightly citric bitterness. They put too much grapefruit in mine, but good nonetheless.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stout has smooth, roasty favor. Taste of both coffee and chocolate are apparent, but not overwhelming.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color, nice lacy dark tan head, very rich, very robust, aroma was full of chocolate & coffee, a hint of carmael & nuts in the flavors, very smooth, sweet flavors & aftertaste, great stout
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a bubbly tan head about 1 inch tall. This is a real stout. Rich, dark, and roasty. Caramel and chocolate flavors appear at warmer temps. Smooth and strong. Fairly well hopped too. Easy to drink for such a good complex flavor.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep dark black color. Coffee, toffee, and chocolate on the nose. Smooth coffee/toffee taste with a nice clean coffee aftertaste.