steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Roasted coffee & molasses. Great black brown color. Sweet bitter chocolate, molasses taste. Creamy smooth with a burnt lingering. Excellent brew. Thanks PsychProf.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Frank (3095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.