cheap (5792) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 I have high hopes for this beer, Kalamazoo. First it is a stout which makes me think it will be bitter and secondly it is from bells. They really make some interesting beers. Dude on the front of this brown 12 oz bottle is watching me thru his biker shades and he donít look too happy! I am always apprehensive about rating beers that come so highly recommended. Odd, musty, non fruity, tennis shoe dish-soap aroma when you pop the top. You know, like the smell of a paper fire that was put out prematurely with water? You would never expect the color from the aroma, very dark, possibly opaque in my steeler stein. Slight creamy darkish tan head. Flavor impact is that of good black coffee, roasted wood and something else malty, chocolately or something. Fairly smooth and viscous. A bitterness hits the back of your throat but I think the complexity of the mixed flavors washes it away, for the most part. Very interesting though it is tuff to stop thinking of the harshness. The taste is now beer that has been poured over burnt wood. This is almost as sweet as sam adams cream stout. These stouts do have a lingering bittersweet finish that hangs on for a few moments or two. Much better than the offensive bells expedition.
Holdwine (1227) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2007
First of all, I couldnít stop sniffinh this beer! Could easily become habit forming. I guess I just love their malting. Then, sweet jesus, came the taste. Perfect stout. Chocolate and coffee from here to the horizon. Wait, I have to calm down... and open my other bottle. ryderbik (10) - Junction City, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Pours black and thick with nice thin milky brown head. Great chocolately mocha flavor with nice palate. Finishes great with a nice lingering after taste. My first Stout and I am hooked, too bad I canít get it in my area. BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Great aroma (find out for yourself). Pours a beautiful and not-too-creamy head. Just right. This stout is deep black indeed, which is, initially, misleading (I usually think "thick, creamy, heaviness with dark dark stouts). This stout is beautiful in every way, but not overbearing and heavy. They go down surprisingly quick, not just because of the delicious combination of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate (in that order), but because the lack of a bitter/heavy finish. Instead you receive a crisp and surprisingly lingering and winning combination of dark chocolate, light spice and coffee. Just an all-around winner and one of the best stouts anyone can ever have the pleasure of tasting. Iím hooked. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with dark brown head. Aroma of sweet malt and coffee. Taste of malt, coffee and chocolate.
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours dark brown to black with a thin creamy head. Aroma is mild; roasted malt and anise. Thick in the mouth with mild carbonation. Flavor reflects the roasting of the grains, though not as bitter as Iíd expected. Persistant flavor lasts for a while after the beer is gone...this is a good thing. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a dark blackish color, with better than two inches of rocky-textured brown foam. Decent lacing. Sweet dark and roasted malt in the aroma.
The flavor is very full - with deep roasted malt, strong coffee, and some oak tannin. Together, they combine in a thick oily mouthfeel, and finish with a bitter roast and slight whiskey flavor.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation Strykzone (7300) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2007
This might be the darkest beer I have ever seen. It also has a small and unusually dark head that lasts a minute or two. Aroma is malty and roast. Flavor is delightful. Everything you love about a stout is here. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, etc. This is truly a premium beer and it canít get much better! VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
12 oz bottle, courtesy of StompBrockmore - pours oily black, like crude in a glass, with a nice sized mocha head that soon settles to a thin surface layer. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, tar, some alcohol, and a very nice and unexpected yeastiness. That bready quality is a perfect counterpart to robust flavours of caramel, dark roasted malt, and coffee. Dry, roasty, chocolatey finish is superb. A hugely complex and delicious stout. Very, very nice. brownaler (644) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pitch black appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee and licorice melt together along with some chocolate. The palate lingers in your mouth for a while an then immediately goes into your throat. There is various fruits involved in the flavor like plum and raisin along a roasted bubbly flavor of hickory? A little thin for a stout, but has a unique character I love.