joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely dark brown w/ creamy tan head. Rich roasted flavour w/ notes of coffee & sweet chocolate. Thick, chewy feel. Full, complex flavour of burnt coffee, chocolate, fruit (dates, banana?), & smoke. Also seemed to have a very slight, refreshing sourness.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown almost black. Thick small creamy head. Deeply roasted grains. Very rich and complex. Hard to brake down all of its ingredients. This beer get bigger with time and bigger. Even more hickory than Porter. Still there is missing something that would round up and summarize ... then it would be perfect
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 PENDING MASSIVE RE- RATE
When I first had this beer it was back early in my rating and drinking career. I just did not like stouts for anything and it was way too early for me to be having this monster. So on my Michigan brewery tour we stopped in at bells and had it fresh on tap. WOW, this beer is great. Black with no head really. But the nose was clean with coffee and rich rich beans. The taste was simple, crisp and clean. Alcohol was present but not overly. In fact, I can say that this is definately one of the best stouts, regular ole stouts, that I have had.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reminded me a lot of the Expedition Stout, but not nearly as thick. Really no complaints.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good color of a solid stout, very dark brown, nearly black with super deep ruby amber highlights up to the light. Thin creamy foamed head of a very tan brown, looks like a pancake cooking. Strange glaring, hazy, spotty lace. Smell is a very nice sweetly dark chocolatey tone, roasty, with notes of earthy fresh hops, dark fruits of banana, cherry, and starfruit. One excellent nose on this stout. Taste is a medley of bold and rich chocolate malts and some caramel malts noted, roasty/toasty and thinly sweet, mostly covered in chocolateyness, dark and close to espresso-like in its earthyness and bitterness. Mostly middle flavors is where it goes complex on your taste buds. Perfect balance with the late hops, notes of dark coffee beans and roasted pecans. Very nice stout indeed. Feel is beautifully full, pleasurable, luscious, rich, creamy, with a late tangy dryness holding forever it seems on the roof of my mouth. One yummy, scrumptious stout. Another Bell's goody thats deserving of notoriety.
presario (4524) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark pour. Light dark caramel head. Rich balanced aroma and flavour of licorice, molasses, coffee and nuts. Loved the palate and texture, did not think it was thin.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 2002 draft. Brownish amber color with some dark tones. Nice roasty, slightly coffee aroma. Does not disappoint. A good halfway between the java stout and the trumpeter stout. Had some head, which most bells stouts lack, so that was nice. Mostly even roasty notes, with some sharp/watery notes in and out of the body, but otherwise a good medium full bodied stout with some spiced mocha latte appeal that was pleasant. As it warmed some smoked flavor appeared but still had problems with the thinness. I enjoyed the fact that this stout was not overbearing, like the java or susies or cherry. 2003 bottle. Creamier and chocolatier than I remember. Very smooth, silky almost. There is a potent roasted malt on the finish and some bitter hops throughout, but all in all, pretty tame. But also pretty good. My friend thinks this tastes like an ash tray (and between the smoke, bitter roast and initial acidic/sour twang, I can see where he’s coming from)
hotstuff (3736) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stout poured a long-lasting small creamy tan head with fine-small bubbles. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had a chocolate aroma in my opinion. The taste of this stout was smooth and creamy and it had a good strong coffee flavor to it. All in all this is a good stout!
TipsyMcStager (1127) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a yummy beer. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, raisins & coffee. Pours completely black, tan head is stiff enough to bounce a quarter off of. The palate elevates it from weaker stouts by being rich, creamy and chocolatey. Sort of like alcoholic hot chocolate. A wonderfully balanced beer, slightly tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden, very smooth delivery. This is one great stout.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with a tan head. Chocolate aroma with both chocolate, coffee and I thought I even tasted alittle toffee in the taste.