theisti (3984) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Bottle. Pour is near black, with a great tan head. Nice lacing in the glass. Sweet and very roasted taste. Very complex stout, terrific flavor all through the taste.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Nice dark motor-oil pour with light head. Sweet, roasty aroma that is not overwhelming, but very inviting. Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolate, complex, malty. Wonderful feel - this one dances on the tastebuds.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yup, itís a good stout. Dark, SMOOTH, slight sweetness, slight bitterness at the end, great aroma, thick...If you compare this to Guinness, ...itís just much better.
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Wow...simply incredible. Not sure why I stayed away from this one previously..itís been staring at me at the local Kroger for quite some time. Tried fromt he bottle. Pours thick and almost black...opaque. Very thick head that recedes in about 30 seconds to not much. Chocolate-like smell and taste. A little sweet and fruity, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and will be a great winter drink. Aces on this one...drink up.
Beaver (1720) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, batch 6485 (7/14/04). Another old Bellís. My Dad just bought this in MI last month. Pours a dark oily opaque black with some chunky yeasties. It has a thick frothy dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some roasted bitterness, and some dark fruits.
The flavor is lactic chocolate, roasted coffee bitterness, and some slightly sour dark fruits. It has a decent bitter finish that balances well with the initial sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.
Overall, an excellent stout! Itís up there with Yeti as my favorite. Even at a year old, this is excellent. I wish I could get this out in CO...it and Two-Hearted would be regulars in my fridge.
oisnotdead87 (1) - Marquette, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers, so my opinion is biased. I usually drink at least a 6 pack of it a month. Aroma: Quite strong but not overpowering, very malty and hints of coffee as well. Taste: Very rich malt, coffee taste with slight hints of chocolate. Bitter after taste, also a bit heavy in your gut. Little white head that goes away fast. This is a wonderful beer and I recomend it highly.
bigbish (697) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A classic stout from a classic stout house. Roastiness, coffee, nice and creamy. A classic.
BenDover (226) - Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Coffee aroma. Burnt caramel, very roasted taste. Very, very good. Iíve re-rated this because itís grown on me over time -- my new favorite stout.
roccotool (26) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: exciting. Appearance: was good, but not as creamy as others, with a head that disappears soon.Flavor: definite let-down, not creamy, with too much, unbalanced malt. Palate: good. Overall, short of something great. I was excited about trying this native stout, figuring a smaller brewery tries harder. This higher-alcohol beer is in a different category than a classic Irish Stout. Itís more of an Export variety. Definitely NOT a Sweet Stout, either. More complexity is needed.
StephenWade (28) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Appearance: black with a small head. It smells like a coffee, but less bitter. The taste is a remarkably clean, roasted flavor at first, but finishes with a bitter burned taste and finished a bit unpleasant. Maybe I got a bad batch, because I usually love stouts and am rating this much lower than the average. In all fairness, it traveled a good ways before the tasting. Nevertheless, I must rate as tasted. Maybe I can rerate this one someday with better results.