jsquire (3464) - 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 (1496) - 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 (7811) - 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 (7132) - 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.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense chocolate aroma. Hints of bitterness and malty sweetness present in the aroma as well. The flavor was huge in every respect...big chocolate...large smokiness...gigantic woodiness...yes, one huge flavor...very much like an imperial stout. Nice black color with a light brown colored head. Extremely smooth, creamy feel in the mouth and down the throat.
Darkover (1516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 2003 version: Black with a small brown head. Aroma of roast and chocolate. Creamy Chocolate and roasted flavors. Bitter dark chocolate finish. Definitly better than last years version.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why is it that Bells stouts dont seem to have a very pronounced nose for me? Very creamy mouthfeel with a nice full roasted malt flavor. The usual coffee/dark chocolate notes but has an unusual slightly sour finish. Overall a great brew and very enjoyable.