footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark beer with a rich light brown head.Nose is like drinking a rich delicious cup of hot chocolate,not that cheap Swiss Miss crap either.Has a wonderful taste of roasted malts and a chocolate dessert.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color,small tan head that faded slowly leaving very little behind.Nice malty caramel and toffee aroma with a decent sweet side coming through and maybe a bit of coffee as well.Nice bitter chocolate taste some toffee and the coffee flavor manages to come on the scene late in the pallate.There is a slight alcohol presence but it is fairly mild and doesn’t make to much of itself known.Over all a very nice brew and well worth having a few more around.Thanks go to Robertsreality for sending this fine brew my way.
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoo hah more Bell’s stouts compliments of The Factonator. This one poured pitch black with a rather large tan head. The nose is milk chocolate, coffee, and some licorice notes. The flavor is slightly sweet and fairly bitter with some chocolate, coffee, and toffee. This one manages to be a very smooth yet complex stout that hides the fact its a 7.5% ABV very well. Wish I had another one. GRRRREAT!
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black as coffee and makes a nice tan head. Aromatics are dense of rich roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Flavor is quite large, with more roasted malt character, coffee and chocolate in the blender making me a mocha surprise. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky on the palate. This is a nice drinkable stout... its really similar to a homebrew porter that I made, so I am stoked!!!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy, this is really, really good...I think we can safely call Bell’s the king of stouts. Pours a dark milky brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate toffee and, to steal Sick_Boy’s line, tootsie roll. Flavor is really nice, more bitterness than I expected but still nice and sweet. Like drinking chocolate candy. Rich complex mouthfeel...alcohol hangs on just enough.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, nearly opaque, even when held to the light. Nice thick, frothy coffee colored head that takes it’s time going down. A roasty malt and chocolate smell. My wife says ’chocolate covered coffee beans’. Nice full mouthfeel, goes down smooth. Tastes of chocolate and bittersweet tones. Good stuff, very smooth.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great beer by Bells! a full bodied dark pour, complemented by a full bodied creamy palate....wonderful roasted, sweet flavor; chocolately and carmaley taste, with definite hints of vanilla; i need more!
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 i have had multiple bottles of this beer, varying from funky to very good. luckily only 1 or two were every "funky," perhaps infected or improperly stored; the others are roasty and sweet and syrupy. liked a souped-up version of kalamazoo stout, with extra unfermentables and less hops.
original: dark orange/tan head. nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, milk/cream...smells a bit sweeter than regular bells stout. just like the description--smooth and sweet, with plenty of roasted barley and starchy oatmeal presence. syrupy finish with a lightly roasty aftertaste--excellent beer but i think i prefer the regular kalamazoo stout.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep balck/brown with a small off-white head.... Aromas of milk chocolate and as burcusabrews said, a tootsie roll. Damn.... I think that is the most appetizing aroma I have ever had from a beer... (homer voice) mmm..... tootsie roll.... chocolate....mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with flavors of chocolate. toffee and caramel... I think that is what a toostsie toll tastes like. Very smooth and tasty. One of the better stouts I’ve had in recent months.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark tootsie roll brown with no head. Aroma of tootsie roll and light roasted coffee. Very nice soft choclate flavor with a slight burnt toast flaovr. Very nice.