UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More like an imperial stout than anything else. Pitch black, with an umber head. Very rich and roasty, with hints of chocolate, toffee, and even a nuance of cherry. Wonderful after a rich meal. Dessert beer to the max, dude.
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This is an excellent Stout, which I understand is par for the course with Bellís. I canít wait to try the entire line! Pours black as night with a thin bone-white head and good lacing. Great smooth creamy flavor that I could enjoy all night.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, exteremely dark, oily stout. Itís still quite smooth besides all of the malt and hops kicking in. Nice smoky flavor also... reminds me quite a bit of a thicker Dark Horse Bier.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
black as an imperial, but has a lactic (duh, itís a double cream stout) flavor. itís sort of an inbetween stout, not sweet, not dry. it doesnít quite do it for me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A huge, light brown rocky head invited me in for a taste. . .how could I pass that up? I dove in and roasted malts melted into a sweet thick chocolate, while raisins and cherries danced around me. . .donít ever pass up an invitation from Bells.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 The bigger, badder version of Kalamazoo Stout. It has a Munich malt base with flaked grain to provide a bigger, richer, creamier feel, but lacks a bit in complexity, Sweet. I had a very young version on tap and didn't get the smoky tones.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well Iím usually a big fan of the íZoo. But I couldnít really understand where they were trying to go with this ísweetí stout. It is smoky for sure, just like their porter, but somehow less enjoyable in this. Sure there are other qualities to this like chocolate and coffee but the smoked taste is a bit too much for me. Iíll go for their Expedition or if I want a little more sweetness, Sam Smithís Oatmeal is hard to beat.
jaymobrown (1658) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at the brewery, and maybe something was off because I at first I thought this might have been a smoked beer. The beer was as dark as a beer gets. Started out with good notes of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, and sugar. After the beer warmed I noticed distinct smoked flavors, like bacon. It didnít detract from the beer, but was surprising.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Re-rate: I had to bump this up a just a bit. It is a damn good beer. Dark brown/black body that is creamy and sweet. Chocolate, toast and roasted coffee. Good stuff. 3.5 This one was pretty nice. Loads of chocolate compliment a slightly roasted quality. Also a bit of chocolate. Quite enjoyable.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is frothy, color is very dark. Not a bad stout, not very sweet. Chocolately. I guess I should have had this with dessert.