b3shine (5599) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft to taster at Bell’s. Looks good; black with foamy beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells soapy and malty with a hint of smoke; an odd combo. Tastes better than it smells with some roastiness. Average on the palate with a dry finish. Alright, but not really my style.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light chocolate and roast notes in the aroma. Black pour, average retention and lacing. Flavor is mellow roast malts, chocolate, very drinkable. Low-medium body, medium carbonation.
Marheb (2167) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 À la pompe au pub: Classique irish stout avec une dose magnifié de torréfaction et un fini bien sec. Très belle créature.
kevinsenn (1105) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. An all-round good stout. Roasty, black, and dry in the finish. Another good one, Bell’s.
deyholla (6755) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 On tap at the brewpub. Pours blac with a dark brown head that dissipates very quickly and nearly completely. Aroma has a nice dark roasted malt note with a hint of roast and bitter chocolate. Flavor has some light chocolate upfront with backing dark grains and roasted malts with a dry finish.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a rich blackish darker pour, brownish glowing edges show healthy glow. A smallish frothy offwhite head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle toast, roast, and cocoa. Some smoothed out sweetness, dry soda bread nose, touches of toast and roast grow. Not very sweet. Initial is typical Irish, a touch of thickness up front offering cocoa, roast, dry toast, and soda bread like dryness. Clean and fairly drinkable, with a touch of thickness as it’s giddy up. Middle shows touches of smokey roast, grains, and oatmeal. Some gentle smoked barley, touches of coffee, cocoa, roast. Really quite pleasant with a touch of body. Finish is cocoa, lingering smoke, roast, dryness. The smokey element really wins me over here. Quite nice.
574deadzone (1061) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bells. Lighter bodied with a pronounced roastiness. Not much sweetness. Thin but not watery. Bell’s knows what they’re doing with stouts, that’s for sure. A nice easy drinker and a good food pairing type of brew.
strongpieman (1518) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. I thought this was a decent stout, but the body was not as expected ... a little thin, but may that is what they are going for here. Otherwise, the aroma was rich with chocolate. I will seek out to try again.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell’s Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.
The pour brings a hazy, medium-brown brew with a thin light tan head and a thin collar after that falls. The nose is pretty good with some fairly-strong chocolate dominating and being followed by a bit of earth, light roast, and a touch of vanilla.
The flavor pulls back quite a bit and there is some chocolate behind a flavor that is mostly a bit woody and earthy. Interesting, but not all that grand. Feel is a bit thin for what this is, though not by a large amount. Pretty drinkable in the end, but not my favorite. Out of the four new ones I had, Milk Stout is crowned king.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at the Cafe...The color is way too light for a stout, a dark clear copper with lots of amber, ugly and off for the style. A light tan head with bad retention and lacing...The aroma is light but good, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of smoke, black coffee finish. Not really balanced but good...The taste is a big improvement, light coffee, very creamy and smooth. Roast and nuts begin to dominate after a while. Super easy to drink.
A great brown ale, a terrible dry Irish stout which is what they told me this was.