Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheers to MrFacto for generously providing a bottle for our tasting. Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bellís stout.
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Pours a deep black, yeast sediment very heavy, as is the case with all Bells. Head is apprpriate, lacing is excellent. Aroma is toffee, tobacco, and mild hops. Flavor is sweet, toffee gives way to chocolate, which in turn gives way to coffee, then mild and grassy, and a long, dry, bitter finish. Excellent stuff, but that was expected. Amazing when paired with milk chocolate.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Styles: Deep, dark brown, completely opaque, medium brown head that slowly fades to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma is bread, coffee, roasted malt, burned malt, butter. Palate is very creamy, thick, full. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, butter, creamy chocolate, pine & citrus hops, plum, carob, marshmellow, dark caramel, bitter chocolate, mildest alcohol, fruit. Amazing palate, sweet dry finish.
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pitch black, mocha head and lace. aroma consists of a lot of coffee, bread, and creamy chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. flavour is bursting forth with coffee goodness. very rich. some bitter chocolate in the finish. itís a good stout, but it didnít really blow me away.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of butter and uncooked cookie dough. The taste is also butter with hints of chocolate. I dont know about this beer. It tastes like I should be dipping my lobster in it and not drinking it. Very sweet taste and aftertaste.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black hue.. dark tan head light cola aroma.. pear and apple blended into the complexity of the aroma and flavour.. Mustiness the 10 malts compeat with eachother to form a complex flavour... Light smooth oily palate.. very good ......light carbonation....
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Darkest billowy brown head Iíve seen in a while. Solid black body. Smell of deep roasted cocoa, chicory and carob. Taste is initially creamy, like toasted marchmallows. I also get impressions of polished walnut, sassafrass, loam with nightcrawlers (oh, thatís a good thing). Very warming alcohol leaves me a bit heady. Marred only by slightly burnt offerings further down.
auerbrau (3148) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Average aroma. Beautiful mahogany head. Nice flavor with nutty and toasted notes. Smacks of caramel and coffee. Carbonation is light, alcohol makes an appearance. Excellent!
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Great Madison St. Stout Off, from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Loved the fresh cream aroma off this and this one is smooth and sweet and flat out one of the best tasting beers Ive ever had. Light brown bubbling head on a pitch black body. This one is close to perfect for me.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had better batches of this beer, but this is the one Iím rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as youíd think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure.