Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Among the more effervescent of Bells' stout series, it struck me as more hoppy than the rest as well, comparing in part to the Rogue Shakespeare. Definitely balanced in initial flavors, not containing the sour edge of the Special Double Cream and a few others, excellent roasted flavors in a dark concoction. Notably bitter in a very long finish. Very nice, though not necessarily to my liking.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black black blackness with a nice creamy dark tan head of lathering loveliness..big roasty aroma of coffee and chocolate..big coffee, capachino, espresso, latte, mocha, frapachino, iced capachino flavors with maybe a smidgen of kahlua..chocolatey coffee grains..some bitterness..some toasted bread notes..super roasty stout with a nice full body that is lacking in many stouts at this abv. level..superb.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, jet black color with a small tan head. The aroma is not as strong as their Oatmeal or Java stouts, but still it evokes some nice hints of roasted malts and a mild bitterness. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is wonderfully chocolaty with roasted malts and a slight burnt bitterness in the finish. This is a great stout, wonderfully balanced between seetness and bitterness with chocolate and caramel undertones.
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely blackened. Thick tan head to start, dissapates into a small foam that lasts long. Definitely a truck full of roast in this one. I don't think it's all that sweet. Almost a porter quality to it. Defintely a good tasting brew, just not sure this is the right category for it.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doesn't seem to be sweet enough to be a stout of that variety. Dark as night, sweet as love and as bitter as a stout should be.
JMerritt (1775) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black in color, light brown, lasting head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is strong of roasted malt & coffee and some cocoa. Robust roasted malt and black coffee flavor. Middle is moderately hop-bitter, which turns to a coffee-bitter finish. Slightly acidic, biting aftertaste that goes a tad overboard, in my book.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/18/03: bottle. head galore with lots of lacing. body is black as night. sweet malt smell with a slight hint of cherry. malty to the taste with coffee tones. smooth and somewhat bitter finish.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and slightly yeast. Finished with hints of chocolate bite and slight hop bitterness. About half-way through this beer I could tast hersheys chocolate sryup coming out of it. Nice tingley mouthfeel that makes me want to not swallow, but keep it on my tongue and let the beer go to work. One of the best stouts that I've ever tried.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good stout. Poured off-black with nice head. Good lace. Nice roasty flavor which got a little lost towards the end. Turned a little to sweet.
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 This is very close to Double Cream Stout in my book. Double Cream Stout is sweeter and creamier, while this one puts primary focus on the roasted flavors. Kalamazoo Stout is still surprisingly sweet, unless you drink one after drinking a Mackeson XXX or Double Cream Stout. Thick, dark, and rich, this is a bargain stout. Drink this one side-by-side with a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, and you will realize how good Bells beer is!