lamas (1468) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Batch ID #6657. Packaged on: November 3, 2004. A thin light-brown head sits atop a jet-black body. Chocolate, vanilla beans, coffee, cocoa, caramel and rich malts make up the aroma. Smells almost like a chocolate cake. Medium, oily body. Slightly bitter coffee tastes throughout. A sour maltiness is also present. A cocoa-powdery finish. I suspect this bottle is past its peak.
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 I was just telling my psychologist how I used to force grasshoppers to eat things when I was a kid. (Just kidding about the psychologist). Grasshoppers create this weird tobacco spit-froth while they eat. I suppose these are things you learn when you spend long summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Anyhow, this stout reminded me of, yes, grasshopper spit. Very dark with not much of a head. Very sticky. I could detect some alcohol in this one. Nice faint smell of roasted malt and molasses. Smooth down the pipe. Real smooth. I’m embarrassed to admit this might be a little too earthy for me personally. Nice hop flavor on the front, backed up by pure malt. Great finish. This is well done. Just a little bit over the top for my wimpy tastes.
Added after finishing: Slight nose of a camp fire. This is also a tad on the sour side.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is opaque black with a big very dense brown head...smell is sweet with cocoa, roasted malts, and light coffee...taste is sweet with indeed some earth fruit tartness, followed by just a delicious chocolate sweetness...great mouthfeel, thick and creamy...finish was almost perfect as well...
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet coffee with some lactose sourness, raisins, and chocolate. Some fruitiness and roasted notes. Smooth, silky feel with a roasty finish. Flavor is quite sweet - coffee and cocoa predominately, with a touch of sourness in the finish.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome stout. Where their Kalamazoo is heavily roasty, this one is smoother, with a silky character. Definite chocolate bar and caramel flavors. Rich and wonderful. One of the more underappreciated stouts.
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with an unfortunately short caramel-colored head. Aroma was heavy on the roasted malts.. with chocolate dominating. Powerfully smooth and well-coating on the palate. Coffee-like bitterness on the finish. Flavor was sweet with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Very fine all around! Only problem I have with it is that I just bought one :(
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to OhioDad for this one. Sharp coffee and roasted malt aroma with a hint of beef boullion and soy sauce. Deep black with a finger thick mocha head. Much less flavorful than other Bell’s stouts I have had. Mild coffee and baker’s chocolate flavors that finish bitter. Whole thing is understated though.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt with lactic notes. The body is light to medium with a creamy and dry texture and soft carbonation.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark browm with a large tan head. Smells of vanilla and roasted malt. Taste is of coffee and chocolate.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a short brown creamy head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is much chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of coffee bitterness followed by a sweet lingering aftertaste. Palate is smooth and creamy and mouthcoating, but not real thick. Not quite as good as Expedition or Kalamazoo stouts, but another solid stout indeed from Kalamazoo brewing.