badgerben (5255) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
If this didn’t pour completely black, then it’s the darkest brown I’ve ever seen. Thin tan head. The aroma is pretty killer. Chocolate, yeasty and a little fruity with perhaps a pinch of smoke. The taste is hard to nail down... definitely a sweeter malt base, but more bitter hops than I would expect from a Dubbel. Very faint fruit. Doughy? Good, but the aroma was better than the taste, sadly enough. eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Dark, deep brown with moderate coffee-colored head, sweet smoky aroma, tastes like dried fruit and sweet malt with smoky finish. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle thanks to RagallachMC. Pours almost black with a big head, although the head doesn’t last as long as you’d think. It leaves some lacing behind. Aroma is Belgian clove type yeast, and sweet fruit malts. Taste is smoky and caramel malt sweet. An oh, so interesting brew from Bells. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
From bottle courtesy of Wheninhell, thanks Andy! Dark, thick pour with foamy coffee head. Nose is burnt sugar, hints of smoke that increases as it warms. Flavor is burnt toffee, bitter finish and some spruce. Nice creamy palate. Dubbel? MrBunn (2841) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Bottle. I’m watching this thick, viscous dark brown liquid pouring into my glass when a pretty good smokey blast hit my nostrils. Then a peat scent and then as I draw closer I find a thick porter like mixture of dark chocolate/coffee and peat. I really wasn’t expecting this. The smoke is all but gone for now. A dense, but thin head laces a bit as it dies down. Ahh... the first sip. The smoke is back, and then the peat and a bit of that alcohol burn as it goes down. Maybe a touch of dark fruit in the background here. Very smooth in spite of the smoke/peat/alcohol content/etc. This is absolutely a fabulous mix of flavors that I would have guessed for a Dubbel. Bravo!
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours quite dark and very thick with a big head and lots of lacing. Rich malty toffee aroma. Flavor is strong maltieness with chocolate and toffee and some wintery spices. Finishes moderatly bitter with an odd thick creamieness. decaturstevo (6341) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2006
An almost black pour with very little tan head. An aroma of chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. A flavor that says alcohol first followed by a light choco then a rasininess. A bit of bitterness at the finish. The palate is full but it comes down to a bit of graininess that is not bad but is different. A good beer thanks Ty5592. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Well, the honeymoon is over...A Bell’s product that I don’t like. Appearance is black with a frothy brown head. Smells of yeast, licorice and corriander. Palate is medium and oily. Strong anise taste and that corriander comes through as well. Very strong aftertaste. A mixed up mess in my humble opinion. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours an opaque black with a large sized tan head. The aroma was of cloves, plums, a bit of chocolate and a definite alcohol presence. A fruity raisin and plum mixture nicely spiced with a woodsy note. There is a definite chocolate taste and some roasted malts. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat sticky, and lightly soft. Overall, I thought this beer was a departure from what Bell’s usually brews and is a welcomed change in my opinion thedm (6283) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Whats in a name? Would a stout my anyother name taste as good? Ok where’s the hops then? This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation black colored body. The mild dark malt aroma contained mild chocolate and dark malt notes. The mouth feel was thick semi-flat and smooth. The flavor contained notes of dark malt mild licorice and brown malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.