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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Black Coloring. Tan Head. Roasts.. Coffee. Bitter Chocolate. Creamy on The Tongue. Wonderful Stout. Would Keep This Around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours as expected, black with a small wisp of a head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla and molasses, with a slight sourness. Not as sweet as expected, but definite balanced sweetness in the finish. A fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
A big thanks goes out to TannerTavernboys for this beer. This beer pours black and as thick as night with an orange head which dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is caramelly, nutty, vanilla with hints of molasses, black currants, and tons of barkiness...total wood here. This also had hints of a redwood forest...smokiness and coffee abound! The taste was nothing short of incredibly sweet and creamy. Vanilla and caramel ran wild with a slight hint of carbonation and a lot of orange peel in the finish...this was truly an awesome beer. Dry finish, full mouthfeel, excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Chuky brown head, god hang time and nice lace. Black, opaque brew. Roasty, lightly smokey nose. Med/full body, gritty, chewy. Chocolatey, roasty coffee flavors, black malt notes along with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of cocoa. Bitingly dry, roasty finish, YUM. Thanks to mrfacto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 The nose reeks of roasted malt and chocolate, followed by some hoppiness. The pour approaches perfection, with its dark but clear color, medium carbonation, and modest hop lace. The flavor somewhat resembles bottled Guinness (not nitro!), but refines and harmonizes the disparate malt, sour mash, and hop flavors even better than Guinness. The malt flavor is quite a bit cleaner than my previous bottle, so my new rating is much higher. Kudos to Bells for the improvements they’ve made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2004
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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2004
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!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2004
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 doesn’t -quite- stand up to the aroma, but it’s still very good; lots of roastiness and coffee with a good shot of chocolate and vanilla; roasty, hoppy finish; I’d 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.

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