Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An awesome brew. Dark creamy and great great flavor. Oh the flavor. Very well hopped beer. Blends very nicely with the roasty-malty medium body of this liquid. Very nice indeed.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2002
2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Looks good. Smells good. Tastes BAAAD. It tased like someone dumped four shots of vodka into the beer. Way too much alcohol taste.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite sweet and very complex stout. Not quite as good as the Expidetion Stout but better than most of Bell’s other stouts.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Bell’s double cream stout is the perfect dessert beer. This is the one beer that you would be most tempted to create an ice cream float with. The chocolate and roasted barley blend perfectly to produce a well balanced malt flavor - excellent hop balance. The head tend to be a lot darker than many stouts. A friend of mine who is a confirmed Budweiser drinker, makes this his only exception. This might rerate at a perfect 5 someday in the future.
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 2001 Bottle. Pours smooth and deep, with a nice creamy off-white head. The taste is pure heaven. Even and rich, without any carbonation to drag it down. I dont find this beer to be too sweet in the least, not sure this is much of a cream stout, but who cares, at 7.5% ABV and this taste, they could call it a shandy and i wouldnt care!
2002 bottle. Very strange yet good. Tons of black malt, oily, roasty, slightly bitter. More like a porter this year, though surprisingly, the chocolate flavor is not sweet. Quite bitter and lightly yeasty. Different than the 2001, but still quite good.
2003 bottle. Wonderful it remains. Some more roast than I remember, which is nice. Good burnt flavor, like a s’more without the marshmallow. Nice chocolate flavor on the finish not overdone. Much drier. Great appearance, large dark oily brown head. Maybe a touch of thinning as it warms.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color, tan lace. Musty (like the corner of your basement), strong roast aroma. Huge roasted flavors, some sweet malty notes in the finish. Long. This was the only brewery on my trip to offer tour and free samplers. Class act brewery class act stout!
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black color, with some good chocolate and coffee malt tones, mostly chocalte though. I had it on tap at the brewery, and it was pretty sweet for a stout, but not really all that bad. Well worth the try.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Black; rich roast in the nose. Slightly fatty body, light fruitiness (a function of the high gravity) - like cherries and grapes; long malty finish. Soft, smooth, slightly creamy and a little bit nutty. Kind of simple.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black like tar. Very imperial in taste. The ratings for this beer are a bit over-the-top, I think.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with diminishing tan head. choclate and coffee nose. damn good stout but seems alot more like an imperial stout than a sweet or cream stout, but who cares its good