MrBunn (2800) - 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.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can really smell and taste the coffee in this, much more so than any other beer Iíve had. Usually there is a slight coffee taste in stouts though it is subtle and almost more implied than present -- well, that certainly isnt the case here. A big whiff of coffee in the nose, though complemented by light hops, ice. Massive, bitter and rich coffee in the flavor, creamy palate, fully delicious all the way through.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 bottle. pours a deep black body with a medium-sized fluffy mocha head. pleasant coffee aroma which evidently is quite dry and chalky. also some chocolate covered wafers lingering in the background but it’s no match for the coffee up front and center. decadent roasted malt body with dominant coffee and chewy bitter chocolate flavour. very full and rich. I’m always pleasantly surprised with coffee flavours in beer because I’m not a coffee drinker at all but I love the smell and flavour when it comes to beer! sort of like a ramped up version of the Mill Street Coffee Porter, which I indulge on quite frequently. Bought at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor in February 2006 (Batch 7221).
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 7221 bottled on 1/16/2006. Pours to a deep brown/black body with a nice brown head. The head disapated rather quickly in my snifter. The aroma is huge. Tons of chocolate, coffee, light grassy malts, bittersweet dark chocolate. The flavor is dark chocolate, bitter grassyness, lots of coffee. Something isnít fully there with the flavor. The palate is rich, creamy, full-bodied, chewy.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown, almost brown with a thick brown head. Very lively carbonation, like a cola. Aroma smells like you are sticking your nose in the used coffee grounds in the filter. Very dominant coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Full bodied and thick mouthfeel without being heavy. Dark roast coffee and bitter finish, and a wisp of warming in the end. Good beer as long as you like coffee, and like it black.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with hints of amber at the edges and a thin tan head. Coffee dominates the nose, closely followed by nuts, baking chocolate, and some dark malts. The flavor also has a ton of coffee, maybe too much, and some roasted malt. Donít get me wrong, I love coffee, but it endangers some of the beer aspects. There is some malty, nutty sweetness in there, but the finish and aftertaste are identical to a dark roasted coffee.