hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The nose is of milk chocolate, weak coffee and berries in cream. The color is black for the most part. Deep, dark copper when held up to a halogen bulb. Small, well-tanned head with a copper tint. Fully diminishing. The flavor is of cocoa powder and buttermilk up front. Even more intense tartness on the backside. Liquid joy. Liquid Fun. Full-bodied with lively carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Long, tangy, pungent finish with a small hint of prairie grass at the wee end. World class sweet stout.
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking stout. Typical roasted malt and coffee flavor. Very smooth and filling. I wish I could have tried this somewhere other than that smokey bar, because I suspect the aroma and flavor would have popped a bit more.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As always, the Bells yeast is present. I usually drink the lighter stuff where the yeast kind of overpowers things. Not really the case here. Slippery mouthfeel, deep black color, not a lot of head (probably due to a soapy residue glass). Roasty malt flavor, maybe a little overbalanced in the hop direction. Moderate alcohol presence.
jsquire (3443) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a thin head and big bubbles. Dark, oily alcohol nose. Vanilla, with vinous acidity. I found not much flavor and too much pucker. Maybe my bottle was a little old, but it wasn’t that old. Bell’s have many better stouts than this one.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
ReRate: semi sweetened chocolate and toasty nose. Pitch black, big rocky brown head. perfect presentation. slightly vinous, very smooth and subtle. very creamy as you would expect, an absolutely incredible body, a joy to drink. This is going great with some intense Street Fighter 2. Ryu may be a pacific islander but Blanka’s brazillian badness is untouched.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: Slightly sour aftertaste this time knocks it down a notch. In fact, this tastes like the Cherry Stout with 1/4 the cherries.
Excellent. Very smooth all the way down and at 7.5% it is easy to get carried away with this beer because it goes down so well. Recommended.
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
opaque..huge beige head.big coffee/chocolatey aroma..sweet. flavor is sweet, but there is some bitterness there to offset it. almost more of a sour feel than bitterness.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 It pours a deep, deep ruby, visible only with the strongest light &#40;we&#8217;ll just go with black&#41; and gives off a gorgeous toffee brown foam. The aroma is espresso, red apple skin, chocolate and slight vanilla. Flavor of dark, bitter chocolates, cocoa powder, coffee. The mouthfeel of the beer is what imagine when i think the word "stout". Exceptional beer and the second best offering &#40;that I&#8217;ve had" from this talented brewer.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Chocolate milk, toasted bread, caramel and a handful of black grapes coalesce in this cohesive Sweet Stout...
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet lactose smelling. Soft roasted palate with even a touch of tartness. Rolled oats and coffee ice cream flavors abound. I would’ve thought this was 4-5% alcohol. Hearty and full of flavor, a dessert in and of itself.