TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a rich near opaque dark brownish pour, with a decent offwhite near tan head that rings small, laces small. Aromas are gentle smoke, cherrywood and chocolate, gentle kisses of campfire meats, some roast and toast. Initial is medium bodied, a touch girthy with a gentle smokiness up front, lots of cocoa, some fudge and coffee. Gentle roast, toast, caramel as we get into a more earthy smoked element, faint campfire. Not strong enough for me, personally. Offering some vanilla, a fairly creamy body, gentle smoke is earthy, no meatiness, with some gentle cherry or dark fruit elements. Finish is creamy, roasty, yet firm with inviting sweetness coming into play. Interesting, not as smoky as Iíd prefer, but solid. The smoke grows as it gets warmer, but still keeps that cherrywood sweeter element to it. Ok, but Iíd prefer a stronger meaty smoke.. As a smokehead.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker brown color with a biege head. Aroma was smokey and peaty, roasted malt and herbal hops. Flavor was between herbal and smokey, with light roast. More smoke than a normal stout, but not quite enough IMHO to be considered a "smoked" beer.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bells. Black appearance with a tan head. Moderate smoky, rich dark chocolate malty, light espresso aroma. Delicious full bodied, moderately smoky, dark chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla flavor. Great beer.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bellís Night of Darkness event. Served in a pint glass.
Pours close to black with a short tan head. A bit of lacing plus a nice collar as the head recedes. The nose is pretty mellow with some mild chocolate and roasted notes.
The flavor packs a bit heavier punch with chocolate and some roasted grains coming through. Pretty good balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness. The feel isnít quite where Iíd like; not sure if the oats really did their job here. Pretty good overall but nothing compared to the Milk Stout.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On-tap at the Eccentric Cafe, poured into a 5oz tasting glass...A nice color of dark black, a light tan head equally nice. However, poor retention resulting in a thin cap, and not much lacing...The aroma is boring, only a hint of smoke with a chocolate finish. Donít name your beer smoked if thereís not a ton of smoke, boring...Taste is light and boring. The smoke is more prominent but shows off more charred and ashy, not very good.
Iíd pass on this.
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed as a taster at Bellís Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Appearance pure black with a thin tan head. Aroma of smoked malts and pledge? Not sure if its intentional, maybe just an effect of the glass. Taste pretty good, retains the smokey profile but is still creamy, the smoke is subtle and good, wouldíve preferred ordering this one. Nothing outstanding, just really solid but Bellís does make better stouts.
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Bells Stout night at Meridian Pint in Washington D.C. Pours a watery, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Nose is malty, bready, sweet, lightly smokey, lightly nutty. Flavor is classic Bells stout, malty, bready, sweet with just a hint of smoke on the tail end. Medium bodied, dry finish.
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ Bellís Eccentric Cafe - Kalamazoo, MI) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Mild smoke in the aroma with a nice roasted malt and coffee hint underneath. Rich smoky flavor at the start of the flavor with a roasted backbone. The smoke is really nice at the finish and balances really well with the stout.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Sellar, Indy. Pours pitch black with a creamy beige head that is near cake-batter in texture. Nose has some sweet, almost milky malt and a little smoke. Upon tasting, this is the sweetest "smoked" Iíve had to date, the flavor continues the milk-stout feel with a mild smokey dryness that balances surprisingly well. Also slightly meaty and some peat in the taste. Not the most pleasing flavor ever, but it works ok.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a black body with a huge, two-finger width, creamy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous. Aroma is smoke and beef with some rich chocolates and a light roast. Just a touch of earthy citrus creeps in as this warms. The nose is more smokey, while the flavor is pretty balanced all-around. Flavor is more roasty and plenty of chocolate oozes in while the smoke blends nicely with the rest of the flavors. Very rich and bold flavor. Finishes dry with a touch of earth and acidic citrus and plenty of lingering tastes that last for quite awhile. Medium bodied. Overall, a really good beer. Sweet, rich, robust, smokey and all-around well balanced. Very nice.