Darkover (1518) - 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.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, one great stout after another. Today I went to the store and noticed all bells november stouts in singles! I snagged a variety sixpack of them....... As for the rate-- This was a very sweet stout. Not too creamy though..
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet but slightly rough malt flavor, thin body, decent finish.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Draft: Huge roasted aroma with lots of caramel, raisin, cocoa, coffee, and plum. A hint of leather is in there as well. Super slick, velvety, creamy, and soft palate. Complex flavors of chewy caramel and a roasted chocolate middle. Finished with a mild acidic snap and a medicinal blue cheese richness. The bitter chocolate rounds this out nicely.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I Also had the Draft Version here,creamy, made me think of a Quad Latte from Strabucks. Creamy. some coffee,caramel, acidic finish, & smooth,Perfect beer for a the trip to the mountains, get some it. a true Winner ! Recommend
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Pours black color with a nice creamy brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, roasty malty aromas. Taste like bitter sweet chocolate and rich coffee, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, alcohol is very well hidden, very drinkable and dangerous, this is a beautiful stout.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminds me a lot of Expedition, just toned down a wee bit. Strong vinous and plummy notes, rather sweet, some chocolate, and an appreciable amount of bitterness. Very full (creamy) mouthfeel.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and stinging. Good thick coffee and chocolate tones.
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.