edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours black with slight tan head. Very thick and dry. Very malty and smooth. Not as good as I thought it was going to be, but still okay. ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 so far with all the beers i have drank but i have not rated them all this is one of the best beers i have ever drank. has a bout 2 finger head and very creamy i would drink this every day. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Wow, the aroma is sweet and inviting. Chocolate, caramel and coffee...the color is almost black, with a thick tan head. Medium body, with a woody flavor on top of the flavors in the aroma. A bit long in the finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
12-oz.; thanks to MTDSHN. Great stuff. Pours thick jet black with a copious and copiously moussy tan head. Nice clean roast nose with plenty of dark fruit and a bit of coffee and chocolate, but nothing excessive. Nicely creamy body, but nothing over the top or chewy. You really have to compare this beer in every way to an RIS, since the flavors are so rich and complex but the drinkability is ratcheted up to plain-ol’-stout levels. This is a triumph for Bell’s without a doubt: big forward roast, raisin, coffee, and chocolate flavors permeate the palate. It’s impossible not to like everything about this beer. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Really well balanced beer. Not too sweet, not too bitter, great flavor. Could drink many of these in one sitting. Good roasted malty flavor with slight bitter hoppiness. Good taste duration, carbonation, mouthfeel. Creamy but not too thick or syrupy. Very good stout.
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2006
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
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
Yup, it’s a good stout. Dark, SMOOTH, slight sweetness, slight bitterness at the end, great aroma, thick...If you compare this to Guinness, ...it’s just much better. mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Wow...simply incredible. Not sure why I stayed away from this one previously..it’s 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 (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, batch 6485 (7/14/04). Another old Bell’s. 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! It’s 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.