mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
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 one’s 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
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 (2841) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
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
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
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 they’re usually lacking for one reason or another. It may just be me, but I think Bell’s 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
03.12.06 12oz bottle, HW OH, thanks FrumptyDumpty. Well, it’s no Founders, take that as you will. It’s very tasty with massive coffee, dry, and heavy roasting. There’s a bit more of a lactic sourness than I hoped for, but not really out of line, just not to my liking. Overall, it’s very nice if you dig on coffee. AcctError21000 (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
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 beer’s flavor linger in the throat. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Can really smell and taste the coffee in this, much more so than any other beer I’ve 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
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 (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
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 isn’t fully there with the flavor. The palate is rich, creamy, full-bodied, chewy.