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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 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Thick and black. No head. Went fast but poured tan/dark brown foamy head. Prunes, nuts, chocolate covered raisin scent. Smooth but very bitter. Almost offensive. Coffee aftertaste. Nice stout but too much hops and carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Pours a deep reddish chestnut color, almost black, with a thin tan head. The aroma is very strong with sweet fruits, like cherry and pear. Scents of the finest chocolate in the world tease the nostrils. A bit of hop spiciness mixed in as well. Truly delicious aroma. The taste is strong on dark, bittersweet chocolate. A nice sweetness follows, as well as defined roasted notes. The finish presents more fruity chocolate, with a wisp of smoke. A bit of vanilla is present as well, mixed in with the solid malt flavor in the background. As you can tell, this is one very complex beer. I also sense a bit of nuttiness in there as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and shows a moderate body. Not as thick as some sweet stouts, but flavor is what this beer is all about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
This is one of my favorite stouts. Black with an aroma of coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. The taste is like a dark roasted coffee, nicely bitter with a little alcohol showing through. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Poured black with a tan 2 finger head that is rocky. The aroma has coffee, roasted malts and hints of sweetness. The flavor is of rasted malts and a little bitter in the aftertaste with notes of coffee. A solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 26, 2003
I'm still very partial to Guinness Extra, that's my standard. This is a very very good stout, a great offering from Bell's, the best I've had from Kalamazoo yet. Good and hoppy, which I like, and very good caramel and coffee. Well worth a return trip. Nice, nice, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, 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). there’s no strawberry in here, folks. smooth and rich. drink it! downrated flavor a point; perhaps it’s 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 (2463) - 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 (2854) - 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.

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