drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a very small whitish head. Slight aroma of coffee. Flavor is coffee and bittersweet chocolate, not as bold as I would have liked. Palate was smooth, but could have had more body. A decent stout, but I didnít think it was anything special.
mvp (234) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch # 7250. Wasnít too impressed with this one. The aroma was week. The flavor was average. It had a muddy brown apperance. Bells is a good brewery but came up short on this one.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours pitch black with brown head. Aroma is sweet with sight hints of fruit. Body is mediuma nd taste has coffee and alcohol.
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bells makes awesome beers. This is no exception. Great color, toasty sweet, great balance. One of my favorite stouts.
beerlover82 (234) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.
Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.
Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.
Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overpowering aroma of black olives - interesting and different but not necessarily in a good way. Appears an opaque black color with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor of chocolate with some roast notes and with a bit of a salty impression - superbly balanced. Palate is thick and creamy, almost velvety. Overall, another excellent offering from Bells, though the aroma is a bit off-putting.
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 12 oz. bottle..Poured very dark brown w/ a tan head. Not much lacing, but the pour was not very aggresive. Aroma was of coffee, sweet cream, and some cocoa. Taste was sweet, creamy coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the finish was smooooooth. I really enjoyed this wonderful stout!
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at work... gosh, just didnít like this as much as I was expecting. A good stout in all regards, but I was expecting a little bit more from this beer.
Nose is quite good, vanilla, caramel, some bready character that incorperates some spice, perhaps ginger.
The palate was a bit lacking in body, and the bitter finish didnít really play off as much of a malty body as I would have expected. I suppose I may have given it a higher score 3.6 - 3.7 if not for the description of "Double Cream."
This implied... well, something I couldnít find. Not sure if I was expection lactose sugar (though I know this isnít the cream being implied) or more of a sweet malty body in the middle. But IMO, it was missing something... None-the-less a well put together stout, one worth trying... but it just didnít do it for me.
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty sweet stout. Pours pitch black with a mocha head. Buttercream frosting and oak aroma. Smooth malty flavor of chocolate and smoke with a hop edge. Nice in the mouth.
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. nice lower alcohol contend beer considering itís a Bells stout. good amount of malts and smoothness