Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark, smooth, thick beer with a smoky, malty quality. Dark tan head that holds well. Complex, deep, dark flavor.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Batch 7684 (packaged on 10-16-06) I cellered this one for about 6 monthes. Pours Black with a average frothy light brown head. The lacing is very good, it leaves a film from the top of the glass to the bottom, with a head that stays around for the whole beer. When looking at the bottom of the bottle once it is poured, this one is bottle conditioned, but looking through the glass I couldnt tell because it pours so black. The aroma in the hops isnít much, but the malt aroma is awsome!!! There is a really nice roasted coffee aroma along with a slight hint of chocolate. There is also a hint of brown sugar. With the first taste it is very sweet with light bitterness. Then the finish is also quite sweet with a little bitterness to back it up. The duration of the finish is pretty long, (the bitterness is that of a medium roast coffee.) The body is extreamly full with a silky smooth creamy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall this is a awsome beer. I will have to taste it fresh to see if there is a differance, I also have one bottle left of this batch that I will keep in the celler for a while longer.
BeerFanDan17 (948) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great job yet again Bellís! This stout is delicious. Pours like a classic stout with a nice head. Very dark and rich. Flavors are barely stout-bitter because of the infusion of creams in the mix. Itís chocolaty, almost like a malty milkshake but with the bite of a well brewed stout. Definitely a great addition to any dessert.
PSUinDC (3) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours a dark brown sugar color, with not much head. It has a slightly bitter, yet sweet, chocolaty taste in the beginning. Better yet, it actually has a taste that lingers around well after, turning more roasty at the end. Delicious for the winter.
bpreo (1315) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bells sure does like their dark beers. Works perfect for me! This is is especially dark, meant for dark days and dark treats. Exceptionally good. A+. Get it. Drink it!
jmagnus87 (2034) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Chuckís poured into an English pint. Pours black with a very thing layer of dark tan head. Aroma of burnt toast, light milk chocolate and a little vanilla. Taste is very lightly sweet and a little bitter. Nice dark chocolate and coffee notes. A little smoke taste with some roasted dark malt. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. I would gladly drink this every day.
hopsandvines (60) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is close to perfect for me. They do not use lactose in this beer, all the flavor comes from 10 malt varieties used in perfect conjunction. Smooth and rich with no high or hot alcohol, make this one a year round Bellís!
ebone1988 (153) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Aroma is sweet, some chocolate, very malty. Appearance is wonderful, viscous black with a creamy brown one finger head. Taste is very malty and creamy, some chocolate but more coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety, creamy, wonderful. Overall, this was great. Bellís can do no wrong when it comes to stouts.
Peregrinari (142) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is creamy and almost sweat with hints of molasses and coffee as well as a sour note. Appearance is very thick reddish black with zero transparency. Flavor is full and rich with strong coffee. All of it is evened out by a very smooth creamy flavor (and texture). Finish is slightly sweat and coffee with no bitterness. Overall I would buy this beer again and again. It seems to have become one of my favorite stouts (though I have only had it twice).
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, thick, sweet malty goodness from the great Bells brewery in Michigan. Nice typical hints of roasted malt and chocolate, coffee undertones. A dessert beer, super tasty but remenber DENSE. A great stout!