StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, dark brown. Big tan foamy head. Smells incredibly rich, with malts and of molasses and cooking oil. Good, rich, full taste. Bitter chocolate nodes, nutmeg and tobacco. Slight edge of toasted - almost charred - almonds. Head continues to grow and shift like a snowdrift. Warming alcohol presence at back of throat long after Iíve taken a sip. Oily, waxy feeling on the palate, with substantial staying power. Head finally subsided about half way through, becoming a floating cap of fluff that shifted with each sip. This is one complex stout.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is chocolatey, rich and malty. Taste is delicioius, very full bodied, soft, very creamy maltiness, slightly roasty. Sweeter than expected finish with balanced bitterness. Loaded with flavours.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was saving this bottle for a sunny winter day and it was more than worth the wait! Dark brown pour with a medium creamy brown head and lacing that clung to the glass like sheets of velour. Rich aroma of roasted malt, toffee, cohocolate, coffee & vanilla. Beautifully balanced flavors of dark chocolate, more roasted malt, smooth coffee and just a hint of alcohol. Finish was long, sweet and had a touch of vanilla. Bellís brews are next to impossible to find in south jersey and I found this gem at the Foodery in Philly. I know where Iím going tomorrow.......
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Ah, itís been so long since Iíve had a Bellís Stout... Iíve been looking forward to this. As I open the bottle, I am instantly hit with the powerful aroma of cream and chocolate, with just the smallest hint of coffee. Iíve never smelled a stout quite like this. It poured black with a creamy tan head. (Should I expect anything less from Kalamazoo?) As I bring the stout to my lips, something interesting happens. Unlike Kalamazoo Stout or Expedition, which blanket the mouth, Double Cream slips like water on a ducks back across my tongue and down my throat. Wow, this is the smoothest stout Iíve ever had. Itís so smooth that I have to actually swish it in my mouth to get the full flavor, which is coffee with half and half and a touch of sugary chocolate. This literally could supstitute a cafe breve (thatís a cappuccino with steamed half and half instead of milk). The aftertaste is mostly coffee. In the world of the stouts, my alliance has always been most firmly with the camp of the sweet. And this is the creamiest sweet stout Iíve had the pleasure of trying. If I have one complaint with this beer, itís that I wish the body were as full as its aforementioned counterparts, Kalamzoo and Expedition. If this beer had that body, it would truly be the holy grail of sweet stouts. But being so damn close still makes this a beer worth seeking out. Iím now very thankful that Facto sent me two, for I have one to save for another occasion.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Tastes like a vanilla ice cream and beer float. delicious, my moms boyfriend stole my last two, so i almost whomped him in the nads
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a treat!. Pours a darkk brown/black opaque body with thin light brown head. Aroma is strong in roasted malts, and slight coffee, and chocolate. Tatses is sweet malts, and roasted nuts. Great taste. You can Hardly notice the alchol, it is so smooth and creamy, like butter on the throat. Very slight bitterness left with mild coffee. Awsome beer!!!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks goes out to BUNKYPOP for this one!!! What an incredible beer.
Pours a dark brown, almost black body. Head is thin, mocha coloured. Aromas are intense roasted and sweet malts, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of almost a mudslide because thereís a slight boozy aroma here too, though very plesant. Taste is sweet, huge malt, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and some espresso. Mild bitterness as well. Finish is incredible creamy. Smooth mouthfeel....mild alcohol and coffee finish. What a great example of the style! Thanks again Steve!
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark to no surprise but, there wasnít as much head as I expected. This was really smooth almost a oil taste to it. This was better than I expected since I really donít like the style.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth and pleasant roastiness in the aroma. Almost completely black body, with no head. Sweetish flavor, roastiness and plums. Decent one.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 RERATE: Iím digging this more than last time. Pours black as death with a large light brown head. Aroma of mocha, roastiness, smoke, hops and a tinge of sourness. The flavor starts off with massive notes of mocha/chocolate, sweet caramel, roastiness then gives way to a little lactic sourness and a bit of saltiness - pretty interesting. Moderately sweet. Roasty coffee, chocolate ice cream aftertaste. Very creamy, lush and silky with lively small-beaded carbonation which makes the flavor gently ripple over your tongue. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, decent head retention. Great stuff. Bells gets my vote for King of Stout.