Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and dark and viscous in that freaking awesome imperial way. Good warming, a bit of a ABV burn that I would foresee mellowing out with a bit more age on it. I would love to try a few year old bottle of this.
I have to say I love this style of beer, gotta enjoy it when you can, cause I wonít be cold forever...damn global warming.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Pours black and viscous as motor oil, with a dark brown lace rather than a head. Nose of chocolate and coffee so pronounced that I thought of a thin chocolate pudding and cofee and ... yeah ... motor oil as it poured. Flavor is intense of chocolate, coffee, burnt malts. Bitter finish. Wonderful viscous mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. And yet ... too much of a good thing? Too intense? Too much alcohol, unmasked? Canít give it more than a 17 over all, but really nice.
dmoss (2) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black as oil with no head what so ever. Smells of a very dark chocolate and alcohol. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming for my palate but is made up by the rich malted texture.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Black with minimal head disappearing quickly. Viscous and oily, coating the mouth. Dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts feature prominently. This is also sweeter than other examples of the style and is better for it. Quite decadent.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Thanks to a buddie. Poured a dark thick black color. Aroma of mocha and chocolate. Taste is very delis.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
batch 6811...bottled april 05...oily black with a small but very dark chocolate head. this beer smells so good i almost dont want to drink it. i dont want the smell to go away. aroma of high quality dark chocolate. flavor is of the same high quality dark chocolate. im not talking hersheys. im talking the imported european chocolate that just melts in your mouth with a great flavor the american chocolates cant duplicate. no sign of the alcohol. i paid $8 for one bottle of it here in california and its completely worth it. even if i couldve traded for it with people that can get it for half the price.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a sick ass thick oily color, with what looks like the same constitution. Smell is very strong. Has alcohol and chocolate all over it, with somethign sweet in it, but I canít place it. Taste is much of the same. THe alcohol is very present in this brew, but the balance makes it very smooth and easy to drink.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured at a nice 55 degrees or so, pitch black with a nice tan head. smell of dark chocolate with slight alcohol edge. smooth creamy mouthfull with a lingering hoppy bitter finish. well balanced big stout. the bells third coast old ale is a better big ale...
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Pours a pitch black hue with a nice brown head. Definite bitter chocolate/coffee nose. Big malty wallop up front, calmed by roasted coffee, and a nice bittering hop finish. Excellent brew, a step behind Founders Breakfast Stout, but still a top notch beer.
Re-Rate 3/24/07 - sampled out of bottle, definitely a step above the keg. Thick and rich, itís an awesome beer.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the pinnacle of my last tasting round at The Brew Kettle. There are quite a few Bellís brews that do nothing at all for me...and yet this is a masterpiece. Itís a HUGE imperial stout--thick, rich, gutteral.....and yet itís also wonderfully complex. (Brews this strong tend to have one powerful/overpowering characteristic--molasses, phenol, hops, etc--but thatís not the case here.) Laid down six...one every six months???