mensch (254) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice solid stout. Starts creamy and smooth, moves seamlessly to espresso, bitter roast malts, anise and burnt sugary prunes. A little lacking in aroma and I can see how others might not like the astringent finish. But I love it.
aumentm (44) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasty flavored and can taste a bit like chocolate. Very dark looking. Brewed with licorice and has a real smoothness to it.
mlane76 (35) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle from the local liquor store...chocolaty and sweet, but smooth. Nice
evergreen0199 (2070) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from City Swiggers, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top. Rich, chocolate, malty, roasty aroma. Tastes incredibly smooth and rich, chocolate, malty, hint of coffee, slight sweetness. A gorgeous stout from Bells.
tillmac62 (213) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOD 2/22/14. Pitch black pour with a very good head. Lacing and retention are also very good. Surprisingly light nose of chocolate and roast over a mineral note. Rich heavy medium body with a nice creamy texture. Below average carbonation with almost no effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is balanced, but lacks the complexity found in world class stouts. It begins with chocolate, fades to roast and flows into a mild sweetness with a licorice note. Hops and roast create a slightly bitter middle with just a hint of coffee and NO dark fruit. The finish is slightly astringent.
fakebeersnob (161) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with approx two fingers wide tan head. A bit more carbonation than expected. A bit oily feeling that lingers n the mouth. Has a bit of a burnt roast finish. Not getting a lot of chocolate out of it.
Pretty decent stout. Nothing stands out as unique, but overall very solid.
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"made with brewers licorice, and while no one flavoe dominates the others, that is the preeminant one. good roasted aroma with a hint of the licorice. full bodied, and actually comes across a lot stronger than 6% would have you beleive. i’d buy this if it were here, but for as highly ranked as it is, my expectations were sky high, so it was ever so slightly disapointing. a very good, but not quite great, stout. keep in mind I’m judging off one 12 oz sample, though. I’ll have to try again sometime. courtesy of a trade w/ bluesandbarbq."
HIGHB4LL (590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: finger dark brown-red color, dark brown color, light oily lacing. Aroma: roast, chocolate, heavy licorice, coffee, very hidden and faint floral. Palate: full body, soft creamy carbonation, creamy texture into oily finishing texture, super smooth, medium bitter finish. Taste: sweet chocolate and licorice, into more malty sweetness, almost molasses, and then into a coffee bitterness, with light touches of floral hoppiness. Overall, very complex, but so smooth you hardly notice even! The balance is phenomenal, the taste is great, the beer is great.
nealblind (874) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
chesnut brown. foamy dark head. Aroma of hay grain licorice. Tastes dark choco, licorice. creamy yet dry palate.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big roast aroma. Nice head and tight carbonation. The smooth caramel and milk cocoa makes this brew an A++++ Such a good balance of flavors all around
ametras (440) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are dark/milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, licorice and brown sugar with ashy and resinous notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, oily and sticky texture.