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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2003 Good lacing on the pour. The head was a nice light color made up of small bubbles which quickly disappeared. Its body was a opaque black color. Its taste was that of some carbonation with a strong coffee and roasted caramel flavors. It went down very smoothly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Sour, dark roasted malt aroma with a a stale coffee note. Very dark in color but not as dark as some stouts. Tastes is coffee, molasses and a chocolately finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2003
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.

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