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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Black in color with a big bubbles brown head. Smells of roasted coffee. The flavor is smooth with a background of mocha. Similar to the Double Cream Stout, which I prefer more than this. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Almost black body with tan head. Strong nose of coffee. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate in the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
This was freakin good. Smooth, creamy delicious. Malty, rich enjoyable. Great aroma color everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
BLACK in appearance. BLACK, I say. Small brown head. Looks luscious. VERY faint odor of coffee. OK-- now this is my third Bell's of the night and what they REALLY lack is smell. There's nothing strong or defined here. But then again, smell does not make a beer. THICK in body, coffee in flavor. EXCELLENT in the mouth. Lotsa carbonation- much better than their Double Cream Stout offering in that sense. NICE beer. Drink it, drink it now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Aroma - Rich burnt malt. Appearance - Can't see through black with a nice thick brown head. Flavor - Nice rich burnt malt character with a noticeable amount of bittering hops. Its a smooth stout, but not as smooth as their porter. The acidic finish is a bit distracting in an otherwise very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2004
The aroma is of hops and dark coffee malts... handwriting at this point getting hard to read... umm I find that the flavor is too hoppy for a stout and yet too thin for an excellent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Very well done stout. Pours pitch black with a little bit of head that quickly goes away leaving no lace. Smell hit me as a really earthy smelling coffee, but a bit sweeter. Taste is really good. Coffee, molasses, a hint of chocolate, some grain. It could be just a bit stronger though. Funny, but it almost tastes watered down. Mouthfeel is *definatly* not watered down. Very thick and creamy with a great mineral feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Very dark beer... average head with brown color. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate/coffee with some brown sugar and oak/cask. Swirling brings slight bitter notes to nose. First time I had this I thought it was too sour in the middle. It is more of a creamy roast chocolate coffee flavor now. Finish is a bit of tasty bitter coffee. Overall, its a good pleasant drink... maybe the first bottle I had was weird. Update - Finally rerating... Batch 7061 (bottled 9/15/2005, sampled 6/30/2006). Not going to add much as I simply enjoyed it. Nice overall stout, bordering on the sweet side. Great drink. Could be a smoother mouthfeel, but still quite yummy. Hmmm... good with steak?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
1/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with igneous1 on RateBeer 1/21/04. Pours an amazing dark opaque brown, almost black, with just hints of chocolate brown on the edges of the glass when you hold it up to a bright light. Lots of sediment (although you can't really see it through the dark body) and a very thick appearance. Chocolate brown head, good sized but rocky and not that long-lasting. Simply outstanding lacing on the glass, though. A different kind of stout. Nose is terrific, of creamy dark coffee malts and hints of chocolate. Mouth-wateringly good. I had this beer a long time ago, and I can tell I'm going to love it again. Flavor is equally darkly malty and tartly chocolatey, bits of a sweet and dry stout mixed together. Very creamy, velvety body and terrifically smooth finish. Just a tad bit too dry and sour for me on a sweet stout, although the complexity of those flavors adds a nice depth to the overall quality of the beer. As you swallow, the beer just swallows with you-- sucking the inky moisture out of your mouth and leaving behind a residue of burnt chocolate-espresso goodness. Quite oily for a medium-bodied beer. It's incredibly easy to drink without being even close to ordinary. A fantastic session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Beautiful opaque blackness, dark tan head that fades slow. Pretty aroma of espresso, chocolate, some piney notes. Lighter on the palate than expecting. The flavors are more muted than I was expecting, mostly matching the aroma, with a very slight cardboard flavor after it warmed a bit. Nice overall, but I preferred their Double Cream Stout. Thanks Indra & BBB63!

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