grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite stouts. Very black and insanely roasty, yet balanced with sweetness and a meek creaminess that grows on you. One of the darkest-tan heads I've seen on a non-imperial stout. Plenty of bitterness to balance the sweet. Dark chocolate, bitter espresso; yep, it's all there. Some hazelnut also and figs.
landont3 (8) - USA - JUL 22, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark pour with tan head. Nice sweet aroma. This is probably one of my favorite beers, definately one of my top stouts. This stuff makes me wish I lived in Michigan.
jgb9348 (4488) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Completely black in colour...no light shines through at all. Lustrous brown head which settles nicely and stays atop for a long time. Chocolate and molasses in the smell, just as the label says. Only malt is evident in the smell...almost no sign of hops. Light to medium bodied with the definate roasty flavours coating the mouth. The bitterness stays for quite a while in the mouth and subsides only after a few minutes. While this may sound a lot like the rating before me (by JonR888710), his bottle came from my six-pack, and perhaps we got some that were old or have gone through some hell. I'll definately try this again the next time i'm out in Michigan...but until then i've got a few left from the rest of the 6 pack. I really was expecting more from the look and smell of the beer...but it wasn't as bad as some other stouts i've had! This was a 12 ounce bottle from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, viscous body (99% opaque) with a toasted cream head that gingerly subsides. Smells like an open bag of chocolate cookies. Beer gently washes over the tongue; not as thick as I’d expected. Taste is roasted-chocolate, with sweet malt characteristics, overabundant carbonation and a little watery. Aftertaste is chocolate, transforming to coffee flavored hops. The hops leave a lingering bitterness that smashes against the roof of the mouth, leaving a dent of bad taste that won’t go away. Sad really, for this is a gorgeous beer. The body is the darkest I’ve ever seen, it laces the glass nicely, and millions of little bubbles pop their heads at the surface like a plethora of prairie dogs. But the taste fell far short of what I was expecting and landed smack dab in the middle of average. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased in Dearborn, MI, given to me by a good friend.
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 (6321) - 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 (4533) - 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.