jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
easy to taste the coffee in this one, a great smelling, pleasant tasting beer, not too thick, but thick enough
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally incredible beer. Amazing deep roasty flavor and aroma. I like coffee and I like beer... and I like this... and I like Jessica Alba. I would drive to Michigan to get this beer if it wasnít available in PA.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
You will not be looking for the coffee in this one! Good blend of dark coffee and dark malty flavors. A nice after dinner drink.
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you like the bitterness of a good coffee, try this beer. It was like consuming cold, chocolately espresso -- fantastic! It pours with a silky tan head. It appears midnight black; dark enough to obscure the light of day. The coffee flavor certainly lingers in oneís mouth for minutes after each sip. This is a beer you want to drink by the fire after a nice meal, as more than a bottle in an evening would be excessive.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 [Rating update: this tasting is very similar to what I got from the original rating, but the quirks, especially in the aroma, seem less pointed. Bumping aroma from 6 to 7, and overall to 15. Not Bells best executed stout, but like the rest of the family, pitch-perfect mouthfeel.] Rich black pour with a fine layer of dense tan head. The aroma that hit me first is neither coffee nor the roasted barley character I expected: it is a rich, freshly tilled black earth smell, very wet and organic. Then some smoke and a touch of vanilla, raisins and kind of a bean sprout thing. Under all that, some coffee and black malt character. An overall appealing aroma, but also kind of odd. Flavor is a bit more of what I expected. Dark chocolate rounded out with a pleasant coffee bitterness. Still under those flavors I am getting a touch of something earthy and green. Not to the point of distracting, but it leaves the finish a bit less clean. Lovely soft and warming palate, like a bit of dark chocolate dissolving on my tongue. Overall, a pretty good stout with a few personality quirks.
MrBunn (2770) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a more substantial head than most stouts. Foamy and tan. Aromas are heavy of smoke, charcoal and coffee with a touch of chocolate in the background. Flavor is much lighter than expected given the burnt wood aromas. Chocolate and coffee are the dominant players, but there is also a nice vanilla/cream undercurrent that goes nicely with the silky mouthfeel. The smokey charcoal scent reappears as a bit of an aftertaste. Lovely.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Folgers crystals on the nose. Very black pour with slight crimson on the edges. Taste like spoonfuls of coffee grounds have incorporated deep roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Lingering coffee flavor. A truly delightful coffee brew. Thanks Zach.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
You know, it seems that with any stout that decides to include coffee in the mix you suddenly get this whopping price increase as if coffee is this rare mystical ingredient. Similarly, you CAN find cheaper coffee stouts, but theyíre usually lacking for one reason or another. It may just be me, but I think Bellís really hits both marks with this brew. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head that reduces to a thicker film. The aroma is roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and more coffee.
The flavor is a train of coffee, with some chocolate and some hazelnut...very roasty and nutty...and a very powerful flavor all around...no real weak spots. Very oily over the tounge with a bitter/dry coffee finnish...the aftertaste has a nice roastiness that sticks. The body is fairly rich and the overall experience is very warming. All in all a great brew served at a reasonable price.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
03.12.06 12oz bottle, HW OH, thanks FrumptyDumpty. Well, itís no Founders, take that as you will. Itís very tasty with massive coffee, dry, and heavy roasting. Thereís a bit more of a lactic sourness than I hoped for, but not really out of line, just not to my liking. Overall, itís very nice if you dig on coffee.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer offers a hearty aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. It fills the glass with a thick black solution that settles under a thin light brown head. This beer has a very strong coffee taste from introduction until finish. Just prior to swallowing the flavors of chocolate and smoke can be detected. A coffee taste overwhelms all other tastes as this beerís flavor linger in the throat.