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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
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2002
Black. Roast and faint fruity notes in the nose. Roasty and finishes nicely bitter and smooth. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Wow.Slow rising huge, chocolate,pillowy,head.Aromas of espresso beans,roasted grain.Creamy sweet,body has intensified flavors of the aromas.Could almost satisfy and Imperial craving.As it warms dark chocolate flavors arise with a fruitier finish.Dry,fruity finish.Good stout and buy.One of the best sweet stouts in america.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Big mocha head atop black body. Aroma is roasty and coffee, with these qualities even more pronounced in the flavor. Also notes of dark chocolate. Very rich flavor, almost velvety on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2002
From September until March there is always a 6 pack of this beer in my fridge. From the beginning, this beer doesnít try to hide itself ... it sports a dark brown foamy head. The aroma is fantastic and rich and smells like bakerís chocolate. The flavor is complex but there are plenty of hints of coffee, chocolate and the tiniest almost imperceptible hint of anise. To truly enjoy this beer, start cold and then drink over about an 1 hour period. Notice the changing flavors as you work your way through the glass. If I were to die a pharaoh, I would want a clay pot of this brew left for me as a daily offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Black in color; head was sticky all over the glass; burnt, burnt malt and coffee beans in the nose. The perfect everyday stout- screw guinness, what a joke. This beer sits with you and demands little. Creamy coffee with hints at mocha. Wonderful to just linger over and contemplate your next world changing ideaa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 RERATE: More acidic and burning than I remember. Flavors still there just more burning. 7/16/02 Thick very dark brown with a sparkling dark tan, small bubbled head. Aroma starts with roasted coffee and barley and as it warms caramel and alcohol. Dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt and coffee dominate the flavors. Carbonation is a bit biting on the tongue. A very bitter finish, but the bitterness disipates quickly to a nice roasted/toasted lingering. A Mackesonís with a bit more kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2002
This pours so thick and black that I almost went for the scissors. You can not see light through this beer. It has a rocky tan head and leaves great lace on the glass. The nose is strong with burnt coffee. The first sips coat the mouth with roast coffee and chocalate malt tastes. As it warms up the burnt toast flavors balance against a caramel sweetness and buttery smoothness. This has a real big beer feel to it and is very well balanced for its size. A very nice stout. I wish I had another. Maybe in the back of the fridge...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
Great taste -- strong taste of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee and dark malt -- a little thin, perhaps, but thatís OK. The aroma puts me off, though, which keeps this from being a truly great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Deep opaque mahogony or cherrywood color with a medium tan head that totally went away. Aroma is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Initial taste is also bitter chocolate and roasted malt. As it warms, it settles into a creamy milk chocolate flavor enveloping coffee and burnt flavors. Just a hint of bitterness in the end. Nice and full. A great brew. Thanks to proc.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very good stuff! Rich coffee/chocolate taste. Bells does a great job!

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