HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn nice stout. I’m constantly amazed by the breadth a quality of Bell’s lineup and admittedly have passed this one over in favor of their hoppier offerings. I prefer the double cream stout, but that’s just a personal thing. Of their regular offerings, I think this is better than the pale, porter and amber by far.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black beer with a brown head. IT’s got a large malty chocolate aroma with some dark fermenting fruit and even a little burbon aroma present. It’s a very robust flavor. There is much coffee and chocolate as well as a coco flavor and chalky feel that have seperated themselves from the large amount of chocolate. After a while some oak becomes noticable as this smooth creamy beer finishes well.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours black with a fat tan head. strong coffee and caramel aroma. rich chocolate and coffee flavor that finishes smooth and leaves a thick flavorful bouquet of malted chocolate, a damn fine stout.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Coloring. Tan Head. Roasts.. Coffee. Bitter Chocolate. Creamy on The Tongue. Wonderful Stout. Would Keep This Around.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
sloth (2665) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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!!