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RATINGS: 2296   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Black body with a ruddy sheen and thick but tight brown head. Great roasty aroma of chocolate, sweetened coffee and chestnuts. Makes me drool. Very nice roasty flavor as well without any burnt elements or astringency. Very full body. I think this beer is bigger than Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout, showing how far stout styles have skewed. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Bottle pours black with an average brown head.   Aroma is of sweet malt and coffee.   Initial taste is of deeply roasted malt, some nuts, and a bit of unsweetened chocolate.   Mouthfeel is creamy.   Finish has some minor bitterness but then turns into a minor sweetness.   Very well balanced.   Overall, an enjoyable Sweet Stout.   Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Black in color with a big bubbles brown head. Smells of roasted coffee. The flavor is smooth with a background of mocha. Similar to the Double Cream Stout, which I prefer more than this. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Almost black body with tan head. Strong nose of coffee. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate in the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
This was freakin good. Smooth, creamy delicious. Malty, rich enjoyable. Great aroma color everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1830) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
BLACK in appearance. BLACK, I say. Small brown head. Looks luscious. VERY faint odor of coffee. OK-- now this is my third Bell's of the night and what they REALLY lack is smell. There's nothing strong or defined here. But then again, smell does not make a beer. THICK in body, coffee in flavor. EXCELLENT in the mouth. Lotsa carbonation- much better than their Double Cream Stout offering in that sense. NICE beer. Drink it, drink it now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Aroma - Rich burnt malt. Appearance - Can't see through black with a nice thick brown head. Flavor - Nice rich burnt malt character with a noticeable amount of bittering hops. Its a smooth stout, but not as smooth as their porter. The acidic finish is a bit distracting in an otherwise very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2004
The aroma is of hops and dark coffee malts... handwriting at this point getting hard to read... umm I find that the flavor is too hoppy for a stout and yet too thin for an excellent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Very well done stout. Pours pitch black with a little bit of head that quickly goes away leaving no lace. Smell hit me as a really earthy smelling coffee, but a bit sweeter. Taste is really good. Coffee, molasses, a hint of chocolate, some grain. It could be just a bit stronger though. Funny, but it almost tastes watered down. Mouthfeel is *definatly* not watered down. Very thick and creamy with a great mineral feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Very dark beer... average head with brown color. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate/coffee with some brown sugar and oak/cask. Swirling brings slight bitter notes to nose. First time I had this I thought it was too sour in the middle. It is more of a creamy roast chocolate coffee flavor now. Finish is a bit of tasty bitter coffee. Overall, its a good pleasant drink... maybe the first bottle I had was weird. Update - Finally rerating... Batch 7061 (bottled 9/15/2005, sampled 6/30/2006). Not going to add much as I simply enjoyed it. Nice overall stout, bordering on the sweet side. Great drink. Could be a smoother mouthfeel, but still quite yummy. Hmmm... good with steak?

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