Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Pedro leaving drinks, CBC Clerko, 24/04/15 big thanks to Manny G.
Pitch black with a big old dirty tan head that retains well.
Nose is rich roast, chocolate, charr, light spice, toffee fudge, toasted brown sugars.
Taste comprises roast malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit rinds, toffee, molasses.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent well rounded stout but way short of the 4 score this one’s riding at.
Most definitely a leader ’back in the day’ but there’s plenty of better offerings out there now !
Scopey (8787) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle many thanks to Manny G! It pours jet black with a decent tan head. The nose is rich roast, dark chocolate, sticky, liquorice, gateaux and earth. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, rich roast, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, toasty, mild acidity, cocoa, ash and liquorice with a dry, roasty finish. Medium, moderate carbonation and foamy carbonation. Smooth and easy-going. Not a top 3 stout, but rather drinkable.
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Imperial Bottle Shop, post CBC
A: Pitch black with a light cappuccino head, lacing.
N: Licorice, cocoa, biscuit, light char, hint of wood, some earth and pine, rounding out with molasses.
T: Sweet for the most part; light bitterness and char underneath.
M: Rich, creamy body, soft carbonation, no alcohol.
O: Roasty stout. The flavors here are properly meshed together, and it astounds me that a beer this good can come from the same place that put out Eccentric Ale and Batch 9000.
samsmith33 (558) - - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter.
Aroma is coffee, toasted barley,
Appearance: dark black, small off white head.
Taste: chicory, toasted barley. A little too bitter in the after taste.
Palate. Low carbonation. Smooth enough.
Good beer, though I am a little disappointed.
Eager to try Bell’s other higher touted stouts, though this probably tempered my expectation of those.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black pour with tan two finger head. Milk chocolate aroma. Coffee roast flavors with a very slight licorice finish. A classic stout.
mmarshall86 (8) - - APR 17, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sweet, roasty, dark ...flavor sticks around like a decadent dessert. Bottle to Glass...
darb85 (146) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells great. Thick mouth feel with sweety coffee flavor. Not bad. Solid stout. Always forget about it
sawbuck (425) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Molasses and dark chocolate on the nose. Bitter dark chocolate up front. Not much sweetness to balance...dry. Muted bitterness intensifies on the finish.
RedSox2004 (1421) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, black, thin tan head with great retention and viscous lacing. Aromas of smoke, wood, dark fruit and licorice. Dark fruit sweetness accompanies the bittersweet baker’s chocolate, with notes of licorice, roasted coffee and molasses. Full body, minimal carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering smokiness in the finish.
dfearnley (1179) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Toasted malt, light coffee, molasses, and mace. Silky black with a 1/2 cm creamy tan head. Taste is chocolate, toasted malt, a touch of coffee, vanilla.