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 (3173) - 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!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dough, chocolate, roasted nose. Big tan head, and a hue as black as midnight. Very delicious stout. Big and bold malts up front, very sweet, chocolate, licorice, mocha, big full bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth into a hopped up, very nicely balanced finish. Im impressed to say the least. Very delectable, great with a chocolate dessert. Yummy!
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderful sweet stout offering from Bells. Beautiful color and head, nice aroma, and a great flavor make this a very worthy purchase. Spectacular!
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Wow, didn't really know what to expect, and this beer was a bit of a shock. Great pour, really dark with thick tan head and a pleasant smell; loved the lacing. I don't think my tastes are ready for this; rich, roasty, nicely malty and creamy, but then the hops overwhelmingly hit my tounge and throat with a strong lasting finish. Sure didn't notice any sweetness. Oh well, good thing I have 5 more to work on.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A glass of inky blackness. Faintly smoky in the aroma. A delectable tongue coating oatiness, that is well supported by considerable roast character as well as supple chocolate. Extremely good and deserving of all its fame.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appears to pour thick from the bottle. The head is thin and mostly diminishing, tan. Dark, almost black with some ruby undertones. Heavy coffee aroma. As the description says, "roast flavor" is apparent. I'm not much of a stoutie, but I did like this one. I wish I would have known about Bell's back in high school so I wouldn't have had to drink Bud Light and Bud Ice.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 Wow this is a taste explosion. Had on tap. Once I corrected the bartender who tried to pour this into a pilsner glass I was able to enjoy this beauty. Dark, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was a subdued chocolate/coffee. But the taste was overwhelming, the kind where you shake your head, looking at the beer like it has just hit you in the mouth and you cant wait to get another. Creamy, chocolate, caramel, roasted, it is all there in a perfect balance. Nirvana.
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful high lacy brown head that lasts and lasts. Dark brown nearly opaque color. Faint aroma, but explodes on presentation with a burst of chocolate, roasted coffee and burnt caramel. Long hoppy palate with bitter finish. High in carbonation, full of flavor, a lovely beer.