ogglethorp (916) - 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 (5603) - 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.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank on tap at the Eccentric Cafe 4/11/08. Good Solid Bellís Stout, with a slight hint of smokiness. Not overpowering, but pleasant and refreshing - in a stout kind of way.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Bells tasting. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dry roast and undercooked bacon fat. Flavors of bacon, roasted malt and light bakerís chocolate. Medium body, a bit watery...roasty with a roasty/bacony finish. Not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more from this one.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Thick tan head. A well constructed stout with a mild to moderate smokiness. Dry roasted finish, slightly smoky.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Bellís tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Moderately smoky aroma with notes of roasted grain and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smoke character that never threatens to get into meat/charcoal territory. Notes of milk chocolate, coffee and mild hops flavors. The finish is fry and moderatley bitter with hops and smoke in the aftertaste. Seems more like a Smoked Porter along the lines of Alaskan. Still a decent beer.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bellís dinner at Brews. Lightly smoked malt in the nose with a dark caramel sweet note. Dark color with a foamy khaki head that left lots of sticky lace. Lots of roasted grain taste, dark toast, and real honest wood smoke flavor. Some chocolate and coffee poke through before the long burnt smoke finish takes over. The smoke is not so overpowering that the beer doesnít come through. NIce use of smoke in beer.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours brown black with a nice tan compact head. Aroma is very Porter-like. Smokiness is apparent but really not that intense and if I didnít know the name of this I would just think this is a normal porter that was a little heavy on the roasted side. Tobacco, chocolate, leafy, with a pretty hefty dose of roastiness. Smokiness is more apparent at warmer temperatures but is still subdued. Taste is smooth, chocolatey, roasty, highly carbonated and a little fizzy, with a smokey, phenolic finish. Thin-bodied and watery, which is unfortunate because Bellís stouts in general usually have just about the ideal mouthfeel. This was all right but certainly one of the lesser Bellís stouts.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Brewís Cafe: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma, smoky, chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor, smoky, but not overdone, chocolate, roasted notes, a bit of coffee, itís on the dryer side. Pretty good.