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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 Yes! Strong, full aroma filled with coffee, chocolate, and slight bitterness. The flavor is very rich...buttery...malty sweet with hints of milk chocolate. The flavor is similar to some imperial stouts...indeed this is a hefty stout. Thick feel...oily, and creamy. The color is opaque black (I couldn't see any light through the glass). Nice thick, creamy tan head that lasted all the way down the glass. Almost perfect stout. Yes!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A wonderful dark brown/ black pour with a creamy head. Absolutely wonderful aroma and flavor. Better than the rye version - great warm roasted coffe and chocolate flavor, malty and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
This is a great flagship Stout from Bellís. Pours a a deep dark brown with a thick, somewhat foamy light brown head. Decent lacing. Nice chocolately and coffee bean aroma. Sweet flavor of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Slightly bittersweet dry finish. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Weak head, coffee smell, smooth with strong finish and chocolate taste. Surprisingly easy to drink; nice warming winter fit. Rerated a warmer bottle "on-the-way" to RBSG...the warming created a much better head while keeping its smooth consistency and amazing finish....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Distinctive brewer flavor. Great aroma. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of hopping and sweetness. Bells is one of the best east side breweries. A fantastic stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Thick dark-tan head, smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. I held my glass up to the light, the light couldnít be seen through this extremely dark and dense stout. The flavor was excellent, I look forword to trying more of the Bellís stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
creed643999 (2) - houghton, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002 does not count
Pretty dark, nice coffee-like aroama and flavor, first beer rating but still one of the better oneís I have tasted

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Nose very reminiscent of St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, tan head, with very smooth, roasted flavor. Traces of burnt caramel all over the place with a well defined bitterness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 black with foamy tan head. nice coffee and roast aroma. smooth mouthfeel. flavours of bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, toast. balanced hoppy finish. a fine stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2002
I think Iím going to stop describing how stouts look in my ratings unless they look íun-stoutlikeí. Opaque, dark brown? Check. Brownish head? Check. Alright...lovely malt aroma, bakerís chocolate, coffee grounds, talc, oats, and light aromatic hops. Silky and mouthfeel and smooth black malt yield to a lightly citric bitterness. They put too much grapefruit in mine, but good nonetheless.

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