csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 First of all, thanks to Mike for this. It has been sitting in my cellar for far too long. 12oz bottle from 2003. Served from the cellar at 56° in my NB worthy glass. Pours black with a tan head and visible "floaties." The aroma is lactose, coffee, dark roasted malts, maybe honey?, it smells almost like a cappicino that has too little espresso in it. The flavor is dark roasted malts and some coffee and dark fruits with a dryness that I was not expecting. The beer is not bitter, but it is a bit astringent, like coffee is. It almost has a barrel aged quality in the mouthfeel and almost wood-like? taste. The body is full, despite the dryness. The finish is roasty and dry. "Sweet stout" only in the aroma.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Rich, brown color with a small head. Lactic aroma followed with some nuttiness. Taste is a light coffee and cream with some nice roastiness to it. Very smooth.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque body with a ring of bubbles. Nose-cherry wood, roasted caramel, creamed sweet coffee. Taste-raisin, sweet creamy coffee, chicory, woody tannins, prune, and grape. Finish is very nice. Very good overall mouthfeel. Very clean finish. Overall this is quite enjoyable. Thanks to Kevin and BBB63 for this one.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours black with a thin grey tan head. aroma is rum, roast coffee and donuts, yeah i said donuts. tastes like a coffee with irish cream. balancing bitter on the finish. a great mouthfeel, just wraps around my tongue and the flavors blend very well together. nice lingering balanced coffee flavor. the sweetness is perfect in this, wow. thanks bbb63.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. black body, nice creamy head. good roasted aroma with chocolate and sweet cream flavors. another good stout from Bell’s.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Thanks Chuck! Appearance is a thick bubbly creamy tan head. Black body with pretty decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, light bits of dark fruits and chocolates, grass hops, lactose sugars. Flavor is strong roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cream, light grass hop. Palate is full, sweet, had good flavor duration, and perfect carbonation.
Rerate dropped it down 3/10ths. Ah well. (1 palate and 2 overall)
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick rich black color w/ a drak brown thick head that stays well and laces pretty well too. Big roasted malt aroma hints of chocolate and a bit of bitterness I can’t place.. it made my mouth water. Palate is a little light and very creamy a touch of carbonation very smooth finish. Flavor is firstly sweet then roasted malts the sweetness feels like it comes from chocolate a very simple sweet tasty stout. I liked this beer a lot and it was great to sit back and enjoy.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, rich, and sweet. Didn’t even notice the alcohol. The description is right, it’s oh so smooth. Wouldn’t drink too many, but what a great dessert beer.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If theirs one thing Bells can do right its the stout. Dark, sweet and oh so tasty, If you have access to the Bells line, pick this one up, or six or eight.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark color with a gorgeous chocolaty head. Aroma is chocolaty malt, but rather subdued. Flavor is quite malty with chocolate tones, and rather sweet. Very smooth and creamy, a little too much so. Finishes with a very light bitterness that is a little lacking.