jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head if poured roughly. Aroma is a heavy roast, sweet chocolate, and coffee. When cold there is also a heavy metallic scent but it goes away when warm. Flavor roasted malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, and bit of caramel especially in the aftertaste. Nice balanced sweet stout.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 Bottle. Poured a deep rich black. Small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is of chocolate and black patent malt. Hops are adequate and do not overpower. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Ah, the joys of re-rates. Same feelings different numbers. Tasty!!
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
what can be said, other than AWESOME??????? this is THE best sweet stout on the planet. pours out very dark with a tan head. smell is chocolatey and malty sort of. moving on- MAJOR points to flavor, this is so good, i would give it an 18 for flavor if i could. so smooth and rich its like drinking chocolate. sweet finish and so smooth. bill you are the SHIT!!!!!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black and is thick as can be. Has a slight tan head with a nice lacing. Aroma has a bit of coffee with some toffee to boot. This is a great brew with a superb coffee, choclate flavor. All in all this is a great brew.
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black, thick and syrupy poor, with a medium-but-long-lasting dark tan head; good lacing. Once this warms up the aroma is wonderful: Coffee smell is prominent but not overdone; tons of vanilla and toffee and chocolate, which I love. Flavor doesnít -quite- stand up to the aroma, but itís still very good; lots of roastiness and coffee with a good shot of chocolate and vanilla; roasty, hoppy finish; Iíd like more vanilla and caramel in the flavor, though. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and very syrupy without being overly sugary. Overall, very good. Currently one of my favorite 3 to 5 stouts.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate, toast, coffee, and faint herbal hops. Almost black, opaque, thin tan head. Flavor has strong caramel and roasted barley, coffee, mild acidity, and moderate bitterness. Finish is dry and bitter. Medium body but smooth. A decent stout with a strong roast character and quite a bit of caramel flavor.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, hazelnut, and roasted malt in the nose. Big falvors of chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut with a touch of anise and plum wine. Finishes dry wiht coffee and chocolate liquor.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark opaque black, full brown head, retentive. Roasty aroma along with some nice chocolate and a bit of coffee. Full flavored, more pronounced chocolate, some roast, molasses, light coffee, long finish. Velvety mouthfeel, rediculously drinkable. Excellent. Thanks NorthYorkSammy for picking this up for me.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 I found this one at Gomers and I just couldnít resist. Iíve really began to develop a sweet tooth for stouts. Iíve had some very very good ones of late. Iím sure that has something to do with this. Freaking Awesome beer!!! Definitely changes my mind on Bells. Oberon I thought was bad. Cherry Stout was ok, but its a stout not a fruit beer. Kalamazoo is terrific. Restores my faith in this breweries ability to produce great beer. Chocolately, roasty, smooth, creamy, Iím enamoured once again with Bellís. If I had this one before Oberon, I would have said like many it has to be a bad bottle. Nothing bad about this one. Scores very high marks with me
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good stout. Malty chocolate aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet, very malty, hints of chocolate and carmel, just a hint of raspberry and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Very smooth and delicious.