Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, creamy decent head. Buttery creamy aroma, sweet rich with roast notes. Softer, mellower coffee. Nice aftertaste.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt coffee nose, deep brown, with a small toffee head. Fresh espresso flavour, some woodiness. Bitter dry finish. Full bodied, smooth and well balanced. Terrific!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ fine brown foam. Intense burnt, roast coffee flavour w/ an earthy nuttiness. Thick & creamy but chewy. Robust burnt coffee & bitter chocolate flavour. Very earthy, bitter finish.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinks like a meal. Big rocky head, lots of espresso in the nose and mouth with really cool asphalt notes and some berry. I dig.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Ruby/black color with a brown head. Roasted coffee aroma, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Ends sweet and rich. Nice lacing on the glass.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured very dark with a thin head. Has a roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. Finishes way too sour for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black color with dark brown highlights, large tannish head that really faded fast leading to just some small bubbles along the edge. Nice aroma of roasted malt and sweet hops with a chocolate tone and vanilla notes. Super smooth taste of well balanced roasted barley, sweet chocolate and hops, with a hint of vanilla. Well done. It reminded me of a warm chocolate shake with out the thickness. Good medium stout body, sort of heavy but the smoothness really keeps it from getting any heavier. Nice sweet vanilla tang in the mouth at the finish with hints of roasty a chocolate sweetness. Very drinkalbe stout!
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color. Roasted malt aroma. Chewy coffee, chocolate malt flavor. A creamy oatmeal quality. Great, great stout.
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best word to describe this beer is creamy... creamy pour, creamy head, and creamy mouthfeel... more than hints of mocha and bitterness. Good on special nights but the rule of too much of a good thing applies with this beer. A little to specific for a staple beer, but deliscious the same
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next yearís batch of stouts isnít subject to whatever infected this yearís. Iíve had Bellís stouts in the past and they can be the best around.
Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.