cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Re-rate (down-grade) 5/18: A little more watery than creamy. Smoky and sweet, but not strong.
Yessss, a sweet stout. Swirly head with really nice retention. Very Smooth palate, just slides down. Blow on the head just right and you can make an outline of a mushroom cloud. Dee-lish. Currently playing: Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. Life is good.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell of chocolate with an mild maltiness intice the sense of smell. This beer pours out dark and thick. It has a hearty black color that holds its appearance even when held up to the light. The head is thick and is not afraid to leave its remnants upon the perimeter of the glass. A good taste which combines sweet and bitter aspects well. The sweetness wins out as the mild malty cocoa taste washes down the throat.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with little tan head. Smells sweet with a sweet malty taste.
bmack94536 (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To me, this is the definition of a malty beer. I should say multiple malt beer. And while I am not ordinarily a malt fanatic, this is the place I come for it. My best description of the flavor of this beer is this - I wonder what would happen if they made a chocolate version of it, ala Young’s. I think we’d have a dead ringer for a chocolate malt milkshake. Perhaps a little "Whopper-like", but a very interesting effort by a brewer who knows the ropes, but doesn’t mind leaning over them from time to time.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
cant belive i havent rated this before. black with thick creamy tan head. smells of malt and coffee. taste is coffee, malt, chocolate, mabye a bit of hops. has a dry bitter mouthfeel which is quite nice. another fine beer from bells.
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 (4545) - 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 (3438) - 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.