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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 18/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 and she described him as "tall, dark, and handsome." she obviously is in love... or, at least likes him very very much. this is excellent. UPDATE 2/10/05: tulip / black body with no highlight. tight and tan head that never completely diminishes; a nice ring around the glass always remains, and soapy lace is left behind to admire. cremey palate. core attributes: roastiness, chocolate, caramel, coffee, yet sweet (molasses). thereís no strawberry in here, folks. smooth and rich. drink it! downrated flavor a point; perhaps itís too simple for me. this is still an excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2003
Deep black in colour. Aroma was of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and slightly sweet. Flavour of coffee, chocolate, slight hops and medium bitterness. Finishes with a coffee bitterness then dry. Thanks hopscotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Bottle: Roasted coffee & molasses. Great black brown color. Sweet bitter chocolate, molasses taste. Creamy smooth with a burnt lingering. Excellent brew. Thanks PsychProf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Wow, This is damn good beer! I was going to have this with my pizza, but I decided to just savor it, and grab one of my MGD's to wash down the 'za. This is too good to have with anything else!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2003
I had this on tap in their brew pub in Kalamazoo. This is a wonderful sweet stout. Very smooth and creamy. A quality stout from a great brewing company.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Opaque with small tan head and good lacing. Smoky burnt malt aroma with hints of berry/plum fruits, wood, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and interesting spice. Opens up with a large smoky and bitter taste, some malty chocolate sweetness appears midway through the swallow, and the finish is twangy and dry. Sweet stout my arse! Maybe we have a new substyle: smoked stout? I know one thing for sure, this would be a nice brew to have with smoked salmon. The palate is interesting as well, Creamy yet dry, fizzy yet soft, seemed to change each and every time I took a gulp. Overall, I found this to be a very good stout (does Bells really make a bad one?) but not quite to same level as some siblings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 2010: This is a stout that drinks much bigger than it is. If that is a good or bad thing, depends on your mood I guess. The color is black, the head is medium tan and the lacing clings to the side in patches. Itís a nice looking beer. The nose is roast, chocolate and some toasty malts. This is a heavy beer for the gravity, quite sweet but matched a strong hop bitterness and a slight tartness. It is thick and rich to the point where it sacrifices some drinkabilty. I like it fine but if Iím buying a dark, roasty beer made in Michigan, these days I am much more likely to pull out something a bit more on the dry side like Founderís Porter but this is still a decent cold weather brew for sure. 2003: Very dark, "utterly opaque" as per the commercial description. Big, thick, brown long lasting head. Roasty, lightly vinous, with notes of coffee, caramel, and raisins. This is a big beer. If you handed me this and told me it was an imperial stout, I wouldnít argue. 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Black with creamy head, molasses aroma, some spiciness and faint alcohol notes. Big and toasty, plenty of sweet malt and coffee bitterness,and lemon/vinegar flavors in the background. Fairly long finish, smooth and dryish. Delicious! Drank at around 60 degrees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Grotesquely rich - the malt keeps going and going. I like the ricnhess and I'm annoyed by the astringent rise of hops and burnt sugar edges that keep me from enjoying it fully. But it's a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2003
One of my favorite stouts. Very black and insanely roasty, yet balanced with sweetness and a meek creaminess that grows on you. One of the darkest-tan heads I've seen on a non-imperial stout. Plenty of bitterness to balance the sweet. Dark chocolate, bitter espresso; yep, it's all there. Some hazelnut also and figs.

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