JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 Good gravy, does it get better than this? Cracked another bottle of batch 7205 tonight and it’s just sublime right now. A pure liquid sludge pour with the most beautiful bouquet of chocolate malts, with a rich velvety mouthfeel and the faintest trace of hops at this point. The creamy feel has of course deepened during the aging process, but the wondrous complexity of the flavors has only sharpened and deepened at the same time. No hotness, no fruits, and a very balanced roast, this is probably the finest American stout. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottlle thanks to Jb175; Pours pitch black with a very thin dark brown head. Nice aroma of dark chocolate and cream. Flavor is sweet and bitter. Slight coffee roastiness but primarily it tasted of dark bittersweet fudge, very rich. At once silky smooth and light and heavy and full on the tongue. Sort of the consistency of cream. One of the best beers i have had. madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. A chocolate and malty aroma that follows on to the palate and in the flavor. Very nice beer and a great finish. Thanks goes out to a fellow ratebeer member mkofron for this fine beer. ScoWRee (422) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Aroma of choclate, licoraice, Taste is coffee, swiss chocolate and malt. Very robust. Nice! amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Batch 7817.... wow this is the best batch I’ve had in a couple of years, I love it. Dark black appearance with a light tan head. I get very nostalgic when drinking this beer. Smells like baking cocoa/dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, malts, raisins. Taste is much the same, with an unbelievably smooth, silky, and full mouthfeel. I will be drinking this beer forever.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to Jayg. Pours a dark roasted chocolate with no head and little lacing. Oily top left a wierd film on the glass. At the end of the pour a chocolate syrup like liquid came out. I poured that into the sink. Smells of chocolate, coffee, mollasses, and maple. Tastes of oak, chocolate, and coffee. Very strong presence of alcohol. Not what I prefer in a stout. I really enjoy stouts that have no hint of alcohol in the flavor. Still very good. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
Had at Barley’s Mini Real Ale Fest 2007!
Does Bells make a bad beer??? Poured very dark. Taste was dark chocalate and burnt coffee. Very bitter finish. Very full beer. Tasty indeed! troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
(Bottle) Pours ink black with a brown head. It had the consistancy of oil when I poured it in the glass. Low carbonation, and a very rich mouthfeel. Dark coffee, bitter chocolate, a couple dark fruits, and alcohol notes in this beer. A good choice for my 500th rating. I’m not a big fan of Imperial Stouts, but I can damn sure appreciate this one! beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
this is the type of imperial that I live for! Very dark and rich with coffee and chocolate undertones. smooth to the last drop! BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2007
Aroma is big chocolate, malt sweetness and some coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Flavor is big dark fruit, huge chocolate and and some big coffee. The bittersweet chocolate tones really make it for me, when considering the silky mouthfeel. Lingering flavors are more chocolate and dark fruit. Such a smooth beer.....Can’t get enough of this stuff. 11.5% as well? Completely undetectable. This is like a big mouthful of melted chocolate malty balls. Oh yeah.