adnielsen (10475) - 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 (5016) - , 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 Bell’s 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 isn’t quite where I’d 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
chibuck (3509) - 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. Don’t name your beer smoked if there’s 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.
I’d pass on this.
andyhwcinc (1820) - 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 Bell’s 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, would’ve preferred ordering this one. Nothing outstanding, just really solid but Bell’s does make better stouts.
nimbleprop (7345) - 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 (4022) - 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 @ Bell’s 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" I’ve 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) - Plainfield, 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.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours pitch blak, naturally. Looks thin. About 1/3 inch of dirty dark brown head. Served cold as hell… I envision hell as very cold. Smell is pretty great, even at this temperature. First I got huge dark chocolate, then the second whiff got a lot of the smoky character. In fact, that’s all I get now. Pretty peaty, though the bready/malts are still pretty obvious in the nose. Probably the best smoked I’ve ever had, because it’s such a complement in the flavor rather than the whole point of it. Actually I’ve had a real ygreat smoked barreled beer, but I can’t remember what that was. This is a very well-made beer. Too cold to really evaluate the body.
HonkeyBra (4033) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the cafe. Dark pour with a tan head. Smokey, bacony, sausagey aroma. Flavor is smokey and meaty. Some chocolate. Pretty great smoked stout.