OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from trade with Pailhead. Good nose, sweet. Coffee,cocoa, or maybe I should say like a fudgecicle, little maple too. Nice dark reddish black color, little cocoa beige head that faded quickly. Bitter flavors, like the aromas with a little hint of hop bite. Medium body, smooth creamy/oily mothfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice brew, Kalamazoo rules, especially in stouts.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moonless night sky black, soft wispy tan head with perfect spider web lacing. Rich inviting nose of milk chocolate, roasted French vanilla coffee and cream, with lighter tones of oatmeal throughout. The flavor practically matched the aroma with decadent chocolate roasty tones, coffee and cream, with softer notes of toasted caramel sprinkled in for good measure. Light hoppiness in the end rounds this out to provide almost perfect balance. Medium to full-bodied, cottony soft carbonation, roasty, creamy finish. Don’t know if I recall a better sweet stout this one. Out-freakin-standing!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black with a filmy whisper of a tan head. Some coffee notes in a mostly bitter cocoa aroma. Creamy nose, followed by roast malt and coffee flavors that don’t diminish the cream character. Bleeds into a bean oil bitterness in the finish. Lactose sweetness evident but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy throughout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Black with a dark brown head. HUGE coffee aroma with chocolate notes complimenting it. Quite roasty as well. Creamy texture rolls nicely along the tongue and down the hatch. Flavor is malty, rich, slight chocolate at first, then moves to a strong coffee mid, and finishes with a bitter chocolate. A few seconds after the finish chocolate flavors start to overtake the palate.
Another bottle on Dec 15th. The aroma has changed too almost no coffee and a huge sweet chocolate taste. Almost smells milky and creamy. Texture is creamy with a milk chocolate taste. Coffee is there, but not dominant. I was about to quote another rater, but I realized it was me. Creamy texture that rolls down the hatch. 4.4 may be an underating.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice chocolate and coffee aroma, hints of caramel in the background. Almost black, persistent tan head. Great roast malt character, lots of coffee and chocolate, a little caramel thrown in, somewhat sweet but balanced by roasty bitterness. Full-bodied, creamy and smooth. The best easy-drinking-but-flavorful stout out there.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am in love with this beer. Typical malty / roasty aroma that is fitting for a Stout. But the drink! Holy Almighty Roast! Bang, like a bag of roasted coffee beans was just thrown in your general direction at a high rate of speed with the intention to take your head off. Super, super burnt carmel and toffee. Then, just as quckly as it came, the flavor dissapears into a mildly roasted flavor of... Graham Crackers? Good stuff!
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pitch black beer with a thick brown head. Odd aroma, earthly and creamy with roasted and fruity notes. Sweet and cloying. Roasted and dusty flavor with cream and coffee notes. Watery finish. A strange stout.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out an opaque black with a tall brown head that almost overflowed. The head sticks around for the majority of the brew leaving rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Damn it seems bells really knows how to make their stouts look really damn tasty. Scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt combine to form a very pleasant aroma. Roasted malt starts off the taste before giving way to bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The after taste is a creamy roasted lingering one. Body is about medium with a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable and tasty stuff here, this went great with some dark chocolate.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 First of all, thanks to Mike for this. It has been sitting in my cellar for far too long. 12oz bottle from 2003. Served from the cellar at 56° in my NB worthy glass. Pours black with a tan head and visible "floaties." The aroma is lactose, coffee, dark roasted malts, maybe honey?, it smells almost like a cappicino that has too little espresso in it. The flavor is dark roasted malts and some coffee and dark fruits with a dryness that I was not expecting. The beer is not bitter, but it is a bit astringent, like coffee is. It almost has a barrel aged quality in the mouthfeel and almost wood-like? taste. The body is full, despite the dryness. The finish is roasty and dry. "Sweet stout" only in the aroma.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Rich, brown color with a small head. Lactic aroma followed with some nuttiness. Taste is a light coffee and cream with some nice roastiness to it. Very smooth.