jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a dense tan head.
Aroma is rich coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.
Flavor is heavy on the coffee, with a decent bit of bitter dark chocolate. The roasted malts mellow towards the middle of the glass and the chocolate comes out to play a little more. It finishes slightly sweet but plenty creamy.
The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and creamy. The body is rich and the carbonation is calm and unimportant.
Drinkability is okay, it's a great brew but it's heavy, thick and I have a hard time drinking multiple roasted brews like this one.
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. black with small crema head. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. SOme bitterness, complex malt palate. A nice brew.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black. extremely aggressive pour results in a hint of brown head that quick dissipates. Smells of chocolate, toffee and roasted malts. Laid back nose for a stout. Flavors of roasted coffee, nuts, semisweet chocolate. Lactose comes through strong. Mellow, laid back profile. I think itís too light for a stout. Carbonated more then a traditional stout. Prickly and sparkly. Medium mouth feel, bit thin for a stout. Tried warming it, didnít help.
ChrisFields (98) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown with a very thin head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is sweet with chocolate, hints of cream and roasted almond. Taste comes on roasted malt with an excellent finish of creamy chocolate. Medium body with low carbonation. I am a big fan of Bellís as a brewery and this dessert stout does not disappoint. Recommended indeed.
fuzzcro (96) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2015 Nice bold stout flavor though not what I expected as far as fluidity. I donít think Bell can do any better than they did with Expedition and itís going to be difficult for me to rate one any higher than I did that one.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured to a dark brown with a one fingers tan head that excellently laces the glass. Nose isnít very strong - what you can pick out is chocolate and roasted coffee, very sweet smelling. This is a very smooth brew with a lot of cream (as the name dictates,) chocolate, roasted malts and a nice, slightly bitter finish. For the complexity of this beer, itís a little watery on the palate, but most certainly worth revisiting a few times.
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark rich stout. Definitely cream flavored, rich with a nice malted roast finish.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm. Pours a deep dark brown, with a well carbonated head. Smells sweet and a bit chocolaty. Tastes of fresh cream, sweet malts and a very well balanced character of coffee , with a creamy mouthfeel. Bellís is still in my top 10 favorite breweries and for good reason.
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap very dark with little head. Taste is very rich malt with chocolate and coffee. Smooth and thick with just enough bite to keep things interesting. A great beer.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Deep brown color with a sweet aroma. A sweet malt flavor with a medium body. Very smooth and mildy creamy.Light chocolatey roasted maltiness, this pleasantly lingers on the palate. This is another fine beer from Bells Brewery.