CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, mostly opaque, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Body starts with a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness turning more dry and bitter as a result of the coffee. Rich, heavy roasted and bitter finish. Lots of coffee flavor throughout that blends relatively well with the stout underneath.
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, hand pumped at Elmer Sudds. I have not had a beer even close to this. Huge foamy head, major espresso hit, and good espresso at that. Body is thin to medium. Super, I'd like a pot of this for breakfast every day!
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with dark brown hues, hearty frothy tannish head, with what looks to be good lacing. † Aroma is highly coffeenated, burnt malts too. † YEOWZERS, that first taste is pure coffee, black and syrupy. † In the middle I finally get that burnt malt flavor, which is accompanied by bittersweet chocolate and hops, very RICH as well. † As it finishes I pick up more of the sweetness, the bitterness also seems to slowly fade into the background. † Body is fantastic, taste is phenomenal. † Lingering coffee, burnt malts, light hop bitterness, and semi-sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. † This is by far the richest coffee flavored stout to date. † Well done Bell's! † Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade.
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very strong coffee aroma, with a slight burnt scent, like sticking your nose in the bag of freshly ground beans. Very thin dark head and light lacing. Black but not thick looking. Very dry roasted coffee flavour. Strong dark long lasting roasted flavour that makes you forget that you're drinking a beer. No trace of alcohol. Some mouth dryness. Coffee, espresso and more coffee.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oil color with a medium tan bubbly head that left substantial lace. Aroma of hoppy mocha. This stout is bursting with flavor! Smooth on the palate and tastes like coffee and chocolate mixed, but stronger than mocha. Pretty hoppy and mildly malty with a sweet mocha aftertaste. Delicious overall, and unlike any stout I've ever had.
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee and grain aroma. Black as coal with frothy tan head. A mouthful of coffee, malt and a hint of chocolate. Very interesting and enjoyable.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
really has almost no beer like character...tasted like ground coffee, and not metaphorically like we often describe malt. wow. actually enjoyed it, though it is hard to think of as beer. cannot taste the alcohol one bit. mixed some with milk and irish cream liquor for a milkshake like taste that would win over any beer hater.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice stout!! Deep black color with a thick tan head. Very strong coffee aroma. Chocolate as well. But the flavor was more like an ice coffee than a stout, which was very impressive. Sweet as well. Some chocolate in the flavor as well, and nice on the palate. Very impressed with this one. Bought this 12 oz bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Rerate: Bottle is a bit older, so the coffee has mellowed leaving more of a sour finish. Not as good as I remembered, and I prefer the Kzoo to this one any day really. Original Rating:I loved the smell of this stuff! It honestly was like sniffing a bag of coffee beans. The color is nice, but the head sealed the deal. Fully lasting orangish/brown. Tasted kind of like one of those chocolate covered coffee beans with a layer of stout on the outside. Yummy stuff.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Amazing aromas of dark chocolate, raisins and espresso. Very full bodied with a nice bite from hops and the coffee. Very nice but the coffee flavors become syrupy once warm.