Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at Happy Gnome for Bells Big Ale night. Pours dark and thick with nice head and beautiful lacing. Nose is roasty chocolate with some hops but no discernible alcohol. Taste is again choc and hops but also with some coffee and caramel toffee notes. Very smooth with a nice light heavy mouthfeel. nash7624 (18) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pour from bottle. Deep, dark brown with smaller light brown head. Malty, nutty, molasses, and some piney hops big in the nose. Also some raisin, licorice, and faint alcohol. Big, big flavor perfectly complex. Full body with lasting finish leaving bliss and more to contemplate. Another wonderful commemorative batch from Bell’s. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Rating #79 for this beer. LARRY BELL HIMSELF has stated that this is NOT an Imperial Stout. http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/2582044#2600349 So whatever. All I know is that I was dying to get my hands on this ASAP and hold on to some for comparison down the road.
A - Licorice and molasses, indeed. Dark fruit, wine-like tart notes. Port. Berries. Slight sugary roast sweetness. Candy. Light light smoke. Something here says Dark Lord. Coffee undertone. Very complex. I could sit and sniff this for quite awhile.
A - Not very thick or opaque on pour. Kind of dull into glass. Kicks up a small, stoutish head. Pretty dark, but clear brown-red around the edges.
F - Sweet. Fruity. Sugary raisins. Dark fruit. Coffee. Roast. Hops. Not as much coffee as DL, but definitely similar to it, and Worldwide. Burnt, tarry notes. Nice big bitter. Amazed.
P - Semi-syrupy. Sugary sweet palate. Coffee and molasses linger. Expedition caliber hoppiness. Sneezable. Quite heavy. Oily slick. 12.5% covered up by sweetness and coffee, but is somewhat apparent, and warming. Drinks nicely with dinner.
O - In the end. This is nothing like Dark Lord. This is nothing like Expedition. Nothing like Worldwide. Or D’extra. This is very unique in itself. And deserves some credit. GOD BLESS LARRY BELL. $17.94/6pk or $2.99 a single. When he could easily charge $12+/bomber or $8 an 11.2 oz for this. So many other beers do just THAT. I am going to grab another one, maybe for tasting alongside Double Cream, Expedition, and Kalamazoo Stouts. Seems like an excellent idea. GET THIS BEER. NOW!!! I wish I could lay a case down for some time. Larry, this still screams Imperial Stout to me. Whatever took so long to brew, we’ll never know, but thanks for not scrapping it. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12oz bottle, released a few weeks ago. pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. the aroma is sweet, tons of port wine, raisins, a faint smokiness, licorice and molasses. big sweet dark fruit flavors, juicy plums and raisins, earthy licorice and molasses, with a long sweet caramel and brown sugar finish. the body isn’t huge but the mouth feel is full and with a long finish that has some piney hop notes balancing the sweetness out just enough. the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I normally don’t like sweet sugary imperial stouts but this is actually very drinkable and the sugar is checked by some good hoppage. this reminds of fresh dark lord, world wide stout, and meph stout except that it is actually balanced and drinkable. I’m not sure how age will really help this, it already has tons of port notes, alc is hidden, and i love the hops balancing it out. man I wasn’t expecting to like this this much. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Whoa - black pour, tan head. Vinegar on the nose, fairly heavy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee and acidity. A beauty.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Bottle. Pours a rich black with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma is very sweet with dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and roasted malts standing out, notes of sweet malts, candied sugar, and licorice come out. It almost has a cough syrup type aroma to it. On the palate, it is thick and chewy. The flavor is a little too sweet, but a coffee flavor comes out (the coffee bitterness kinda balances out the sweetness). Very well done beer, I think with a year or two of aging, this has the potential to be one of the best stouts. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Definitely one of the worst "batch series" i have had. Way too sweet. Way too much licorice and molasses. Maybe will get better with age. But because it is Bells, and Kalamazoo rocks, and west coast Michigan rocks, it gets high points in my book. Glad I didn’t pick up the case I ordered. Sorry Ari. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark, murky brown with a very nice tan head. Aroma is very spicy, sweet, fruity, burnt caramel and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, spicy, malty, dark roast and burnt caramel. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty stout, I very much enjoyed and want another! RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours almost black with a red tint. Aroma is amazing with hints of licorice, molasses, cherry, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is just as complex with an aftertast of alcohol and molasses. Warms as it goes down. It’s a shame they just did one batch. This is really fantastic stuff. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours hazy reddish brown with a fully receding off white head. Notes of plum, raisins, tofffee, vanilla, leather, smoke and dark fruits. Full to heavy bodied and alcoholic with soft carbonation.