legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Aggie80 (786) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good stuff! Rich coffee/chocolate taste. Bells does a great job!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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)
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful stout that smacks of coffee and chocolate. This is truly the breakfast of champions.