Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next yearís batch of stouts isnít subject to whatever infected this yearís. Iíve had Bellís stouts in the past and they can be the best around.
Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark nearly black opaque body with a huge creamy head and nice lace, full-bodied. While a coffee, chocolate, nutty aroma are present, I detected a surprising cherry smell. Nice caramel and coffee taste. Sweet and bitter balance on the palate which linger for a while. A world-class sweet stout. Yummy!
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My goodness! Like a coffee ice cream float. Great coffee aroma - sweetness to start, very creamy and smooth, thick - then a slight bitterness to balance it out, with extreme coffee flavor - like a chocolate malt as a beer - this is one of the best stouts I've had in a while.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great stout - sweet, but not overlly syrupy. Perfect coffee flavor and coffee-with-cream in the aroma. Perfectly balanced, and a rich, thick mouthfeel. A hint of bittersweet chocolate in the finish.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tightly packed, creamy head with a slightly ruby hue. Some sediment, in a very dark body. Good sweet aroma, a bit nutty with chocolate high lights. Coffee flavors come out from hiding upon tasting when not apparent in aroma. Good mouthfeel. Had it before dinner, but would definitely be a good dessert beer.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 2004-sampled at the hop leaf in chicago, IL. This beer has one of the most wonderful aromas i have ever wiffed in a beer. i boosed the ratings a little.
2003-nothing really different in the beer for the new version. Still solid as ever. Maybe only slightly more sour than last years version. Lots of chocolate and creamy roasted notes.
2002 bottle-Poured jet black with a nice rocky beige head. Aroma was like that of coffee, spices, and sweetness. Tasted very nice-smooth, creamy and full of roasted notes. The unfiltered nature left a resinous feel in the mouth. long lasting finish!
Nice dark color with a small amount of carb, looks great. Great first taste that only gets better as you go. Sweet and bitter combine for a great sipping stout.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours a very dark color with a small head and moderate lacing on the glass. It smells sweet but very strong of barley and yeast also. The taste was sweet as well, but a little too sweet. This is definitely deserving of the name stout. It is very strong tasting and not for the faint hearted. It was more enjoyable than many other strong tasting beers I've had, so I have to give it good marks for that. The pungent taste stays on the palate for quite some time.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black color with a tall tawny head. Full toasty and chocolate malt aroma. Rich, full and creamy feel. Initial malt sweetness followed by a oily maltiness. Small amount of fruitiness.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Creamy head. Smooth and thick going down. Coffee and chocolate is the main flavor.A little sweeter than the bells regular stout. Nice beer.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Beer starts off with a big thick foamy head. The beer is a dark walnut brown. It has a very different tast, not quite coffee-ish or chocolate-ish or nutty. Has a short finish, and seems to be fairly thin. But also very filling. Overall better then average, but not the type of beer I will buy regularly.