Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good aroma of grains typical of Bells. Head is good. I thought the taste was a little too sour and a little off. Very malty and full though. Pretty good aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate. A little overrated.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The black body of this brew is topped by a medium thick to thick creamy, brown head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly bitter, roasty, bready and malty with a slight sweetness and a touch of coffee. The flavor is roasty and malty with a bitter, sweet chocolate note and a touch of coffee. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big sweet, fruity (cherries?) aroma. Perfect jet black with tight, coffee coloured head. Flavour is a rather subtle (which is all too rare), roasted coffee and is also fruity. Yes it does taste like there is milk in the coffee as well. A fine effort. Thanks Clark VV
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very very nice sweet stout. Great aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very breve. Like drinking cocoa that has been steamed with half and half. Very tasty and palatable. A must try.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, alcohol, and expresso. Taste of sweet roast malt, caramel, and alcohol which combined when (I tasted it) to produce a grape like aftertaste. It was very interesting but the palate was very thin.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Very fruity in the nose (cherry). Black beer with reddish-brown head, dissipates quickly. Slick, rich body. No harsh roasty flavors here, quite bland, actually, the fruitiness comes through in the flavor and the tannic roast quality is subdued. Reminds me of a Sam Smith's Imperial wanna-be. This is a Teddy Roosevelt beer, speaks softly; carries a big stick.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Pours nearly opaque black with medium diminishing tan head. Nice aroma filled with roast, buttermilk, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Medium thick body. Velvety smooth with soft carbonation. Exceptionally creamy. Flavor with heavy roast, lots of sweet lactose tang, coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. The sweet lactose/sour milk/buttermilk quality can become a little overpowering as the beer warms. Even so, it is more proof that bell's knows stouts.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, with a nice light brown head. A hint of coffee to it in both flavor and aroma. Maybe a touch of almond to it. The aftertaste was smooth and mellow. Felt more carbonated than I would have expected.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Opaque and dark. Nose is roasty and a bit burnt, get some tobacco hints. Taste coffee, chocolate, and cream, hoppiness has a subtle tartness to it.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A very light black with a light brown foam. Could definalty pick out the coffee and cream flavors. Another quality stout.