mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
good thick beer. very pleasent aroma. chocolate sents with a slight coffee smell. llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2007
12 oz bottle. Batch 7785. Pours pitch black with a half-finger mahogany colored head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and peanuts? The roasted coffee dominates the taste and is followed by chocolate and malt. Finish is dry and bitter. demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours a deep dark black with a beautiful coffee colored head. The nose is roasted and coffee backed by pleasant sweetness. The flavor is all about chocolate and dark. A little down home southern molasses adds to the allure. Finishes well. A beautiful beer. radagast83 (8008) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark color. Coffee and chocolate aroma, with a great chocolate flavor as well. Creamy stout, with a great body. lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Poured a 3 year old bottle of this into a pint glass. Very dark appearance with a small brown head that laces nicely. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate mainly. Palate is creamy and thick, and the taste is quite the same as the aroma, with caramel and licorice added. Taste lingers nicely and is very pleasant. Pretty complex tasting stout, yet very easy to drink.
bigcat03 (317) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2017 ReRate: Bottle poured into a globe glass. Black color with a thick tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, roasted coffee & espresso beans, and dark chocolate. Initial taste is roasted malt, coffee, licorice. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and just a little earthy. Palate is just a tiny bit light but carbonation is on point. Still great stuff!
Bottle from Hy-Vee poured into english pint - Pours straight up black with a 1 finger brown head; Lots of roast and coffee with notes of caramel, black licorice, and chocolate to the nose; A great coffee presence with some roasted barley and a small hint of caramel sweetness on the initial taste; A dry and pleasantly bitter roasted aftertaste; Fairly full and creamy body; Pleasant carbonation; Could do with a little licorice in the taste. Maybe just me? Thank GOD we?ve gotten some of the better Bell?s products around here finally. A great stout that I?ll be buying more of for sure. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2007
The aroma was roasty and toasty with a strong espresso coffee presence, chocolate and caramel. As it warmed some grassy notes emerged. Black with a rocky brownish head which lasted for days. The flavor was rich and smooth with chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel and some licorice character. A bit of grassy hop flavor was notable and a decent level of bittering to keep the malty flavors in check. The finish was dry and the body was full with a creamy character on the palate. A great stout. 12 ounce bottle. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
From the bottle, courtesy of MrBendo, pours black like oil with a thick, foamy off-white head that leaves a nice lacing. Smells quite chocolate-ey with some mocha coffee beans as well. Tastes very much the same--chocolate and coffee dominate a very rich flavor. Also, I swear I can chew the head. Smooth but not quite silky on the palate, with the mildest of bitter aftertaste. Great stout. Thanks Todd. noahb (6) - USA - JAN 31, 2007 does not count
Very dark pour, thick and clingy to the sides of the glass. Roasty, slightly bitter taste at the end with the maltiness up front. Pretty heavy drink, great for slowing down and enjoying. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Darkest of brown, nearly black with a low brown head that had large bubbles. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses. Flavor was similar but with added bitterness and a touch of licorice. Palate was creamy and somewhat syrupy (not too much). The finish is also smooth and creamy, ending with a tang of bitterness.