Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mixture of coffee and bitter chocolate. A touch watery, but I have found this to happen with many of the Bell's.
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Appearance: BLACK, not dark brown, not slightly black, this mother is BLACK. No head.
Very faint coffee scent- wish there was more of a smell- because this beer has a nice look.
RICH and THICK. Coffee, chocolate... nice. Burnt rice..
Thin in the mouth for a thick brew.
A bit too thick in body and thin in mouth to warrent more than slightly above average drinkability.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma smells like a double shot of cream got dumped in my glass, but there is a very nice malt backbone in the background. Pours very dark, almost, if not black with a big tan head that refuses to go away. Ther is nice lacing all the way around my glass at present. Flavor is initially cream, but that quickly give way to bitter chocolate and a strong coffe flavor. Finish is a bit thin IMO. Quite nice.
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, flash-in-the-pan phead the fades to a ring of foam around the edges but stirs up easily with a small swirl. Chocolate and char on the nose. The flavor has an odd dry powdery flavor (can't quite describe it actually), that seems to intertwine itself with the chocolate malt flavors to give the impression of a mouthfull of cocoa powder. A bit milky in the flavor. I really imagined a stout called Double Cream to be a bit thicker, but it's not exactly thin. Definitely improves as it warms.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - black brew with a surprisingly light colored head. Still brown, but lighter than many. A beautiful beer! Roasty and chocolaty with a creamy mouthfeel. I love it!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden) Black with a small creamy beige head. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla and spicy hops in aroma. Chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and cocoa in flavour. Smooth finish. Almost too drinkable. Excellent stout.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with little tan head. The smell is tremendous. Scents of mocha, roastedness, and slight yeast. The flavor is in line with the nose with a sweet roasted and chocolate taste along with just the right amount of coffee flavor. Alcohol is hardly noticeable at 7.5% This is a good one.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with no head. So i swirled the last inch or so of the beer in the bottle in order to garnish a head. The beer proceeded to bubble out over the top of the glass. Fortunately this generated a prominent aroma of sweet, roasted chocolate. Flavor was very sweet and smooth, coffee and chocolate, with a pleasant sweet finish. Quite good.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
enjoyed the rich coffee like taste and the dark and appealing visuals bells best stout effort
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells like vanilla and oak with a great frothy head on top of a soft and slippery dark body. Taste is 4 fricking lbs. of Colombian roast jammed into a 4 ounce sample. WAY too much coffee for me, with a wierd porter-like tang on the finish. This is my second lactic stout and I have to admit that I'm just not getting them.