bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured dark brown with thin creamy dark tan head that stayed around edge of glass and made for nice lacing. smelled sweet with scents of roasted mals, coffee, and chocolate. the taste was of the same with nice sweetness. a definite earthy flavor as well. an interesting brew for sure. enjoyable.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with compact dark tan head. Roasted dark malts and coffed aroma. Also has a bit of an earthy presence. The first impression from the initial sip is the fullness of the beer. Has a heavy feel, somkey roasted malt aroma. Coffee malts appear later and there is a somewhat chalky dry finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant, sweet chocolate aroma with just a hint of saltiness. Opaque dark brown with decent tan/brown head that recedes to cover. Chocolate flavours up front with some roastiness in the finish and a lactic sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is never noticable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A straight-forward if plain example of the style. Bottle (trade Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock!
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s an okay stout, definitely not one of the better Bell’s offerings, but good. Taste is initally a fight betwixt coffee and fungus. Sweet and thick, but definitely no Expy...
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great stuff. Definitely needed to be called a "double cream" with the forceful sweetness evident. I can taste honey. Subtlely smokey. Bell’s doesn’t let me down.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Very solid beer. Good roasty malt flavor with a hit of sweetness. Just enough "chukiness" for me.
thegreenrooster (3086) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a deep black with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and they are strong! Flavor is dark Belgain chocolate with a strong coffee aftertaste. Good for sipping on a winter night.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, dark brown. Big tan foamy head. Smells incredibly rich, with malts and of molasses and cooking oil. Good, rich, full taste. Bitter chocolate nodes, nutmeg and tobacco. Slight edge of toasted - almost charred - almonds. Head continues to grow and shift like a snowdrift. Warming alcohol presence at back of throat long after I’ve taken a sip. Oily, waxy feeling on the palate, with substantial staying power. Head finally subsided about half way through, becoming a floating cap of fluff that shifted with each sip. This is one complex stout.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is chocolatey, rich and malty. Taste is delicioius, very full bodied, soft, very creamy maltiness, slightly roasty. Sweeter than expected finish with balanced bitterness. Loaded with flavours.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was saving this bottle for a sunny winter day and it was more than worth the wait! Dark brown pour with a medium creamy brown head and lacing that clung to the glass like sheets of velour. Rich aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cohocolate, coffee & vanilla. Beautifully balanced flavors of dark chocolate, more roasted malt, smooth coffee and just a hint of alcohol. Finish was long, sweet and had a touch of vanilla. Bell’s brews are next to impossible to find in south jersey and I found this gem at the Foodery in Philly. I know where I’m going tomorrow.......