GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Maduro. Poured an opaque black color. The head was khaki and left some lace behind. Nice roasty aroma with chocolate, molasses, toffee, and graham undertones. I didn’t get any distinct smoke in the nose. Medium bodied and dry on the tongue. The flavor was similar to the nose with only a hint of smoke. This was a good beer, but left me wanting a little more smoke.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Maduro. Poured lighter black with a short-lived cap of deep tan head. The aroma was dry and chocolatey with well-integrated smoked malts.. somewhat restrained but nice. The flavor had dry-roasted chocolate and coffee at the core with toasty smoked malts extending outward.. dry finish picked up an unexpected dose of sourness (not necessarily bad). Dry and toasty on the palate with nice smoky integration.. tasty.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Maduro, pre-GTMW ’08: Pours a nearly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a thin-lacing wispy tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark carramel malts and some mild, earthy smoke. Body is a little thinner than I expected, but quite drinkable with some dark chocolate and roasty smoked notes before a semi-dry finish. Decent smoked stout, but could use a little more body and smoke character.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black pour with a thin brown head. Lightly smoked..maybe, some peat and caramel. Some coffee in the flavor, caramel, peat, a touch of smoke. Lightly bitter finish.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Comet!
Pours black as night with a nice half inch, brown, frothy head. Smell is roasty and cocoa. Taste is chocolatey and roasty. Not as much roast as a Alaskan Smoked Porter, but a good amount there that compliments the stout well. Full, thick, viscous and creamy on the mouthfeel. Coats the glass well. This is a good stout for those not looking to drink a campfire. Subtle and welldone.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Black brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, and cocoa. Flavor is chocolate upfront, fading to licorice, and subtle smoke in the finish. Creamy, medium-full body with soft carbonation.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap pours black with a light tan head. Has some aroma of malts and little to no smoke on the nose. Smoke flavor is very subtle. and really subdued. Just an ok brew.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Pours dark, dark brown with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is peat, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavor is charred malts, smoke, chocolate, light hops. Palate is medium bodied, mild carbonation, finished bitter and slightly dry. This would have been great if it had the body of Kalamazoo stout, just a little thin for my liking. Great flavor though!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Eccentric Cafe, everyone at the table had the same comment on aroma, Easter Ham , not overpowering but very distinct,mixed in with rich roasted malts,tste went from the immediate smoked flavor to awareness of slight chocolate cakeand a subtle roasted bitter finish. What I likes about this was how it sustained that clear smoke and malt taste the entire glass,never got overly smokey bitter as many of the smoked brews do. Another excellent Bells Stout
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Eccentric Cafe: Deep brown hue with a creamy tan head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of moderate meaty smoke, coffee, chocolate, walnut, herbal hops, and wet grains. The taste has a nice malty character balanced by some acidity and hop bitterness. Herbal and earthy in midsection before the very slight smoky finish. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing with a dry ashy finish. Not an overpowering smoked beer at all (perhaps too light handed for me) and it should be listed as stout. As a stout it is okay and worth a try.