jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with a small tan head that has poor retention. Chewy, chocolatey taste with a creamy texture. Watered down in the finish. Good, but not great.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my man Hhawk06 for this sample. This beer pours a jet black color that looks very devious in nature yet delicious. It leaves a sudsy tan head that is clinging to my snifter. The smell is hoppy sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, creamed sugar, vanilla and herbal spices throughout. The taste is smooth, it has a bittery hop feel up front followed by a medicinal chocolate herbal taste on the palate finished with some nice malty chocolate creaminess. This is a smooth beer that coats the tongue and tickles it with dark chocolate malts dipped in a creamy milkiness.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another beauty from kms399. Pours black, with a medium brown head. Nose is somewhat metallic, a bit musty. Improves as it warms up, with the malts and some chocolate coming through. Nice flavor - malty coffee, with a touch of ginger. Some chocolate in the finish, and a bit of smokiness. My first sweet stout - interesting...
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Just couldn’t get over the nose on this one, which reminded me of dirty socks and something metallic. Other then that, poured black with coffee colored head. Flavor was dry, with a coco bitter and hints of smokiness. Palate was smooth. A very enjoyable beer except for that nose.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Smell is creamy chocolate and some coffee as well. Taste is strong chocolate with a prominenent cream taste to it that shines through the semi-long lasting aftertaste.
FeelingHoppy (3) - Rochester, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great label. I once had a guy at the Eccentric Cafe try to tell me that it was a pencil drawing of the veins and capilaries of the human lung. He was bummed when I informed him that it was a bunch of tree branches. But then again, arent tree branches just giant veins and capilaries that carry water to the leaves?
Anyways, the beer behind the label is pretty miraculous. The appearance can be easily described : Espresso with a healthy froth of crema. The legs on this beer are long and strong, leaving a blanket of tan lace up and down the glass. The beak detects coffee, dark chocolate, and even a few unexpected dark berry notes. In the mouth this viscous, chewy, velveteen mixture of malt and hops bathes the buds in silky dark chocolate sweetness which bows gracefully to a nice hoppy finish. Bittersweet, and insanely delicious.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Black pour with a small chocolate brown head. Sweet chocolate nose with light roasted notes and some lactose. Sweet chocolate flavor as well with a light coffee and roast finish. Not as much flavor as I was hoping for. Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel up front with lots of body and soft bottle conditioned carbonation. This beer really has a great mouthfeel. Over all this beer looks and feels great but the flavor and aroma are lacking in depth and complexity. I was just hoping for a little more from this one.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nice chocolate aroma here. Also seems to be a touch or a roasty, caramel. Very nice and thick on the palate. Hs a really creamy, chocolate flavor. I also get a little bit of coffee and caramel. Has a little tan colored head, with a little bite of lace on the glass. A very nice cream stout. I was very impressed with my first Bell’s beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - batch 7143 (November 15, 2005) - Aroma is brunt coffee and chocolate malt. Also wet wheat, hazelnut, and a touch of hops. Pours solid black with a small brown head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a bit more roastiness. Palate is creamy, smooth, and a little bitter. As always, thanks to Bell’s for making winter tolerable.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a thin white head. The aroma is a little coffee with a bit of chocolate. The taste is nicely balanced between coffee and chocolate malts, with a creamy sweet finish. Not too bad for a sweet stout style.