Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black and muddy with a small tan head which quickly faded. Aroma is complex malt aroma like bread molasses and mild coffee, hop aroma of citrus and yeasy aroma of bubblegum. Flavor is also complex it starts balanced and finishes more on the bitter. with a distinct coffee/ toasted malts flavor. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated. Nice job, I will be drinking this again soon.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks Ryan!) Pours surprisingly dark, with a bubbly tan/brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, (also some ripe lighter fruit), yeast, spiciness (especially clove) and sweet malts. Flavor has a subdued roatiness to it, with smooth sweet malts, and a complex yeast/fruit arrangement that takes it far beyond usual dubbel territory. Very unique, and quite enjoyable.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Roziís in Cleveland. Strange mixed aroma of yeast, clove, raisen, fruit, and smoke. Flavor is like a cross between a stout and a dubbel...weird. Dark roast, phenols, yeast, wheat malt. Dry bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. This is a bizarre marriage of flavors. Not sure I care for this one. A stouty dubbel. Maybe this will get better with some time in the cellar.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting drink, kind of like a mix between a dubbel and a dry stout, utilizing the better qualities of both. It pours a deep dark brown body with a chocolate head. The aroma is dark caramel with dark cherries and a touch of dark roasted malts. A hit of coffee and a dollop of chocolate are added to the flavor along with one or two raisins. The finish is is a roasted dryness. Dubbel or another Bellís stout in disguise? Either way, itís good.
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mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap - LET IT WARM UP!!! This was served too cold and letting it warm up made a GREAT difference in taste and mouthfeel. Aroma was caramel and molasses mixed with a sour cherry note. Poured a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste had a definate stout roastiness with dried fruit additions. I loved the palate.. just wanted to let it roll around in my mouth to get its full flavor.
Dogbrick (12252) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium light tan head that dissipates to a compact leftover. Thin rings of lacing. Smoked aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied with a smoky character, and roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee flavors. Some figs as well. The finish is malty and fruity with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Very good overall.
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Nearly black with burgundy shades. Aromas of alcohol, chocolate, mollasses, cedar, and rye. Complementary sweet and dry flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, plum and more dark fruits. Very fleeting ítypicalí belgian flavors if any, and strikingly stout-like on most fronts. Warming and rich.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Has a light fruity aroma and flavor. Bitterness lingers on the palate. Medium body. A typical dark belgium beer. Worth a try. Thanks Dan.
EithCubes (5669) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Bottle. Yeasty and malty aroma with a touch of plum/dark pitted fruit. Aroma would have earned more points if it were strong. Medium-dark brown head on a nearly-opaque black-red body. Silky smooth full body with a light highlight of hoppy crispness. Taste is thickly malty with light roast, sweetness, light fruitiness. Mellows and dries out after a few moments. Touch of lactose before the dry and richly malty aftertaste leaves the impression of velvety dark chocolate. A distinct Belgian quality in that brief smack of spice/yeast following a quick sip and swallow. Alcohol flavor is non-existent. Good one!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm, yummy! This was very dark, kind of surprised me for some reason. The colour was mostly brown, and you couldnít see through it even when up to a light source. The head was pretty large even after a controlled pour and had a nice off white head. the aroma contained spices of clove and others of unknown name. This was light but creamy feeling, filled more with flavour than body, but could never be considered thin or watery. the flavour was predominatly tasty up front malts with some spice lending a nice flavour balanced outg by a bit of a hop note, but that seems to merely balance this beer rather than add itís own flavour profile. there was a bit of a lingering feeling that made me feel more like I should drink more, opposed to making me feel like I can nurse it. Iím glad I got to try this finally, and it only increases my respect for Larry Bell.