jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice and dark, great hint of chocolate flavor, much in the vein of the kzoo stout, but smoother, sweeter, creamier
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice creamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of subtle chocolate and coffee. Taste is less pronounced then expected with some sweet chocolate malt and a very subtle coffee touch. No bitterness to speak of but a nice creamy well carbonated body. The finish is a bit too watery for my taste. Good but may be a bit overrated in my mind.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a standard American pint glass. The initial aroma reminds me of a Hostess Suzi Q. Yum. Opaque black. Formed a fizzy tightly bubbled light brown head, though it faded almost instantly. Aromas of chocolate cake, and fresh ground coffee. The flavor is bitter and roasted. Sweet. Even a bit of hop flavor make it through. The palate is a bit on the thin and fizzy side. I rather like this one. Good job Mr. Bell.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an easy drinking standard stout for me. Perhaps the batch I had was a little too old?
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep cola black with a short-lived tan, rocky head which leaves a tiny bit of lace. The nose is toasted smoky malt, dark chocolate, caramel, butter, herbal hops and alcohol. Flavor is smoky roasted malt, not sweet, with coffee, creamy dark chocolate, scotch, peat, earth and a bit of medicinal hops. Very creamy with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Full bodied, but not as syrupy as some.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours near black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of coffee, lighty roasted vegetables, and freshly seperated cream. Taste is lighty roasty with notes of toffee, smoke, and raisins. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with lush carbonation.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a very small whitish head. Slight aroma of coffee. Flavor is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, not as bold as I would have liked. Palate was smooth, but could have had more body. A decent stout, but I didnít think it was anything special.
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very very dark brown with a little bit of red. Tan head leaves quickly. Decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is of chocolate and maybe some burnt plum pudding. Also maybe a little chocolate milk smell if that makes any sense-- but in a good way, at least to me. Taste has lots of bitter chocolate, a bit of coffee. Thereís definitely some alcohol in there. Nice lasting, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Didnít seem exactly sweet to me, but not dry either. Whatever it is, I liked it.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 pours a very deep burnt crimson with uglyish large brown bubbles making a head that dissipates mostly quickly. smells terrific, but i wish it was a bit stronger. taste is potent and a bit like burnt mocha beans, but a little alcoholic frankly. mouthfeel is good but light (how i always feel about sweet stouts). iíve given it 3 tries before rating, and i just canít dig this as much as i want to.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
(03.20.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. Batch no. 7219. Pours opaque brown black with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with light malt sweetness and expresso coffee/bitter chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Some astringent chalkiness in the mouth. Finishes dry with some light lingering bitterness and roasted malt fade. This is a very good, well-balanced stout.