FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Sampled November 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, frothy textured, brown head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a black, concentrated brown color and is quite opaque. Rich malt aromas of blackened caramel, concentrated coffee, slightly tart roast / burnt notes, some sort of rich, cold coffee drink, dark chocolate and cocoa are all quite noticeable in the nose. There seem to be some touches of roasted butterscotch here as well.
The beer feels thick and viscous, but lightens up as moves across the palate. A dry and roasted note in the finish is what allows this to lighten up and it serves as a nice foil for the dark malt sweetness up front. This beer is roasted, burnt and slightly bitter throughout the flavor profile, but, especially towards finish. The finish has a lingering toasted / roasted brown grain-bread character to it that adds some whole grain wholesomeness to the beer. The texture has a smooth and creamy feel to it up front, but the middle gets a touch prickly from the carbonation, but also it is accentuated by some burnt tartness. Burnt toffee flavors up front meld well with some roasted nutty notes. The finish has some tartness from the ample roast malt.
This is much nicer than my previous encounter with a much too buttery version of this beer. This definitely hits the spot if you are in the mood for an amply roasted, but chewy, smooth stout.
Sampled December, 2003
Previous Score = 3, 5/4/5/4/12
This beer pours a deep brown, almost a black, color. It forms a thick brown head when swirled in my glass. The aroma is of a buttery roast malt. The butter seems to dominate the aroma. The butter component is in the taste as well. This beer is creamy in consistency. It has definite roast character as well, though befitting a cream stout, it is a soft roast flavor. The stout is fairly thick bodied, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The butter flavor seems to dissipate with time, though I could just be getting used to it. I am not sure if the butter character is supposed to be here (my guess is that it is not), but it is no so strong that it horribly detracts from this beer. It even helps to boost the perceived fullness of this beer. Though in the end this beer would be much better without the butter component.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Dark brown with a small head and fair lacing. Nice chocolate ice cream and warm fudge aroma, with faint sherry and butter notes. Very smooth with chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors, a restrained roasted coffee background with a hoppy note. Toasty and sweet with very little bitterness, it's a malty brew alright and superbly drinkable.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a large frothy brown head. Smells like a bit of a mowed lawn underneath the usual roasted coffee aromas that are the norm. Creamy is an understatement for this one. Very thick and smooth throughout, sweet milk and semi-sweet chocolate over the tongue with a slightly gritty finish which tastes like coffee. The mouthfeel is quite unique, and the beer is almost frictionless as it rolls across the tongue... very interesting.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dee-licious! I think that the best beers just taste damn good and don't require analysis. Like this one. Just tasting good is enough. If I had to break it down, I'd say that in this case the ten different malts came together to make a nice tasting beer, rather than a disjointed one like other multi-malt beers have turned out to be. Thanks PsychProf!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much of a nose on it. Looks very inviting. Sweet malt flavor tasting of burnt chocolate. Warming but a very masked alcohol taste - a very balanced beer. I'd like a bigger nose, though.
Frank (2306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense, opaque brown with a thin velvety head. Inviting nose with notes of chocolate, smoke, raisin, and--I swear to god--beef. Front is smooth and creamy. Most of the flavor comes out in the middle--tremendous malt depth with all manner of dark malt flavors. But the most beautiful thing here is the palate--thick, velvety and not the least bit sticky. Finishes cleanly with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. Another wonderful Stout by Bell's and flavorful enough to rival even the best imperials.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in appearance but not opaque, light, caramel fluffy head. Burnt toffe aroma. Stong, sweet flavor of roasted malt, espresso and vanilla. Very creamy with a liqueur-like finish. Not an everyday beer, but tasty.
1more4dessert (324) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to dsquire, ruby tinted black, sweet aroma with vanilla and nutmeg. palate is excellent. flavor starts slightly sweet but no overpowering and has a pleasent bitter finish
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with a small amount of caramel colored head. Aroma is of faint hop, molasses and strong malt (yummy!!). Flavor is of molasses, vanilla, and slight to small hops ending and faintly dry. Sampled at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma speaks of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not quite as harsh as some of Bell's other stoutly offerings. Opaque with no head at all. Body is creamy with elements of lactose and coffee. One of my favorite stouts!