Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dee-licious! I think that the best beers just taste damn good and don't require analysis. Like this one. Just tasting good is enough. If I had to break it down, I'd say that in this case the ten different malts came together to make a nice tasting beer, rather than a disjointed one like other multi-malt beers have turned out to be. Thanks PsychProf!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much of a nose on it. Looks very inviting. Sweet malt flavor tasting of burnt chocolate. Warming but a very masked alcohol taste - a very balanced beer. I'd like a bigger nose, though.
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense, opaque brown with a thin velvety head. Inviting nose with notes of chocolate, smoke, raisin, and--I swear to god--beef. Front is smooth and creamy. Most of the flavor comes out in the middle--tremendous malt depth with all manner of dark malt flavors. But the most beautiful thing here is the palate--thick, velvety and not the least bit sticky. Finishes cleanly with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. Another wonderful Stout by Bell's and flavorful enough to rival even the best imperials.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in appearance but not opaque, light, caramel fluffy head. Burnt toffe aroma. Stong, sweet flavor of roasted malt, espresso and vanilla. Very creamy with a liqueur-like finish. Not an everyday beer, but tasty.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to dsquire, ruby tinted black, sweet aroma with vanilla and nutmeg. palate is excellent. flavor starts slightly sweet but no overpowering and has a pleasent bitter finish
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with a small amount of caramel colored head. Aroma is of faint hop, molasses and strong malt (yummy!!). Flavor is of molasses, vanilla, and slight to small hops ending and faintly dry. Sampled at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma speaks of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Not quite as harsh as some of Bell's other stoutly offerings. Opaque with no head at all. Body is creamy with elements of lactose and coffee. One of my favorite stouts!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though.
egajdzis (5525) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black, not quite opaque with a soft creamy tan head and nice lacing. Roasted, sweet, super creamy aroma. Full mouthfeel with sweet tastes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. This was very fulfilling, and I could drink many of these at a time.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Malty,slight chocolate aroma-not very strong at first but picks up.Head disappeared quickly. Bitter chocolate and coffeelike flavor.Fairly thin mouthfeel,but enjoyable just left to linger in my mouth for awhile.dry,bitter, slightly acidic finish.Gives no clue to its ABV while drinking it which can sneak up on you.easy drinking,enjoyable stout. I plan to cellar a couple till next fall. 01/12/04-Couldn't wait. Aroma seems more pronounced this time. A little better balanced to me also. More sweetness noticed. Alcohol noticeable. Still no head. Still tasty.