JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black color with a tall tawny head. Full toasty and chocolate malt aroma. Rich, full and creamy feel. Initial malt sweetness followed by a oily maltiness. Small amount of fruitiness.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Creamy head. Smooth and thick going down. Coffee and chocolate is the main flavor.A little sweeter than the bells regular stout. Nice beer.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Beer starts off with a big thick foamy head. The beer is a dark walnut brown. It has a very different tast, not quite coffee-ish or chocolate-ish or nutty. Has a short finish, and seems to be fairly thin. But also very filling. Overall better then average, but not the type of beer I will buy regularly.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Creamy" in the head and pour department, that's for sure; lovely black shake. Huge roasty, semi-sweet nose. Flavor is grapy-sweet, palate super-creamy; it's good but perhaps a bit too sweet, little to no bite and just a tiny bit thin at the very end. Very good, don't get me wrong, but not perfect.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 The draft version I had poured with no head, but a bottled version I had later poured a large head of finely sized brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque very dark black colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. It had a very strong coffee and chocolate aroma in both cases. It actually had a very mild coffee taste with a very thick mouthfeel and no after bite which allowed it to go down very smoothly. The flavor was otherwise OK with nothing remarkable to say about it other than it was simply enjoyable.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Dark pour with a hint of darkness in the foam. Thick flat and smooth going down the throat. Good chocolate/coffee flavor that isn't supported by the aroma. I like it, but not what I was expecting from Bell's.
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting, though not my favorite to come out of Kzoo. Pours reasonably thick with a hint of carbonation and little head. Not an exceptional aroma and not suggesting the strong burst of roasted, chocolate, almost mocha coffee-like flavors. I thought this was much more dry than I expected. A bit of tang, almost a hint of sour before the roasted bitterness takes over in the finish. I attribute that to the cream but other than a hint in the aroma and this odd flavor combination, I didn't pick up as much cream as I would have thought (and I've had a good bit of high-quality cream in my day).
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured deep brown with a little head. Chocolate-malt aroma. Taste was yoo-hoo thick with a medicinal taste. The label on a bottle and the thick taste take me back to the 1800's and make me think that this beer could cure the common cold or at least the sniffles.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big roasty nose, lacing. Smooth mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter yet creamy. Complex. Cool.
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another nice offering from Bells in this one. Good flavor, color, and head. Very well rounded in flavor, and pretty smooth. The only weakness to this one is its aroma, which isn't bad by any means, but is a little weak. Good all around, though, and a worthy buy.