Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with small tan head. Rich malty aroma, almost vinous as it warms, definitely a touch of grapes in there. Bold chocolate and luscious cream. It smells thick. Full and generous sensuous mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation, as creamy as it gets, rich in flavours, very malty without much hop profile to balance, but not overly sweet. Rather short finish with a very mild trace of roast and bitterness, almost bland with not much going on. I like this more than I expected and I think it's the first stout my mom enjoys. Perhaps a little too rich/creamy toward the end from my point of view. Sounds like a fitting name for such a smooth beer.
jonas (5658) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burnt aroma dominates.
Completely black, low creamyhead.
Somehow I couldn't really become friends with the flavor profile, all I got was a
burnt wood taste which stopped at a surprisingly light body and petered out into a ashen aftertaste. I don't know, must be me or the small sample....
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh, Mama! Pours a beautiful opaque black with a rich, foamy, dark tan head. Tantalizing chocolate aroma. Roasted chocolate malts in the taste. Great mouthfeel. This is an excellent stout for any stout lover.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a dense tan head.
Aroma is rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.
Flavor is heavy on the coffee, with a decent bit of bitter dark chocolate. The roasted malts mellow towards the middle of the glass and the chocolate comes out to play a little more. It finishes slightly sweet but plenty creamy.
The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and creamy. The body is rich and the carbonation is calm and unimportant.
Drinkability is okay, it's a great brew but it's heavy, thick and I have a hard time drinking multiple roasted brews like this one.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A superb stout. Dense, luscious, tan head. Nearly impermeable to light. Very well balanced. An appropriate level of roastedness. Sweet and smooth but perfectly and crisply muted by the carbonation leading to a refreshing finish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate malt (H); light aroma of smoke. Tall, creamy/frothy tan head is slowly diminishing and sits on an opaque, black body. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic finish. I think the bitterness is from the roasted malts, not hops. The acidity helps balance the sweetness quite nicely. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: why don't I live in Michigan?
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious! Wow, what a stout. Smells of choclate and coffee. Tastes like the ideal cup of coffee: creamy, chocolaty, smooth.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, Bell's sure likes making stouts. And they do a good job.
As I was pouring this it didn't look like it was going to have much head so toward the end I poured a little more vigorously. That was a mistake, as I had to drink a lot of foam really fast to not make a mess. Huge head.
Pours very black with the aformentioned large head that lasted all the way through the beer leaving a really nice lace.
Smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
Tastes pretty good, but this isn't their best stout. The chocolate isn't as apparent in the taste. It's actually more like bitter coffee.
Mouthfeel is good and creamy with a bit of a mineral feel to it. Drinkability is okay, but not something I'd seek out again.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok.. much better here, pours dark with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma with chocolate and caramel presant. Flavor to match although ther was a bit of tanginess in the finish that took away from the overall. Good beer for specific occasions.
rlgk (10849) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Black, with a great brownish head. Has a wonderful aroma from toffee, butter and milk chocolate. Flavor is milk chocolate as well, some vanilla and with some cream. Very smooth and pleasant with a great hoppy finish. Also it leaves great lacing on the glass.