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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2270) - 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 Mackeson’s with a bit more kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3565) - 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 that’s 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 (786) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very good stuff! Rich coffee/chocolate taste. Bells does a great job!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Pours thick dark black color, nice lasting tan head, leaves a perfect lace, aroma of chocolate, coffee and nutmeg? Thick and creamy full mouthfeel, coffee and sweet chocolate taste, this may be my favorite stout, its hard to stop at just one, the best stout IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Pours with big, tightly carbonated dark brown head. Black in color - motor oil lie. Medium strength nose of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and slight dry hoppy notes. Crisp and chewy palate. Roasted flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and just a touch of yeast acidity on the front end. Long and big finish of bitter coffee. Nice to see a big stout not over-hopped!! Very flavorful stout of solid quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Strong and rich. not quite as smooth and sweet as their double cream stout. this had a much stronger ’coffee’ flavor. medium to thin finish. Bell’s darker brews are soo much better than their lighter ones. (my opinion)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2002
A wonderful stout that smacks of coffee and chocolate. This is truly the breakfast of champions.

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