jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
!2 oz bottle....Big coffee, toffeee not too much warmth which is good slight liquorice. Greta roastiness too! Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of Leopoldstoch. Finally! A stout that doesn’t try to be anything other than good. It’s not overdone, super thick or rediculously hopped. It’s pretty much perfect. This is a stout I think I could drink everyday. So nice and tasty, with lots of roasty chocolate and malt flavors going on. Bells is an exceptional brewery. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12 oz bottle via RegallacMC (thanks!). Been looking forward to this one. Pours a midnight black with an average size tan head. Aroma has notes of coffee, licorice and toffee. Flavors remind me of the Shastafarian Porter but less complex. Starts out with sweet molasses and chocolate, then some licorice and some roasted espresso. THin to Medium bodied. Silky mouthfeel. A bit too carbonated. Extremely easy to drink and a very good Stout. darkbrownale (1) - USA - SEP 21, 2006 does not count
This beer is a necessity for any beer lover. It was the first beer that opened my eyes to what beer was really about. Very dark brown head and has a coffee aroma to it with a hint or caramel. Very roasty and nutty after taste. Extremely smooth and rich in flavor. Deffinatly an upper class stout. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
Pitch black pour, black as the Expedition some creamy, lacing and a dark brown head. Superb, potent dark chocolate Aroma is bold dark Malt with a wisp of choclate powder and the full Roast of coffee. Even some smoke notes as well. Tartness in the palate is very nice and full-taste in the medium-heavy body through and through
ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Bottle. Pitch black pour, black as night, completely opaque, with a creamy, lacing, very dark brown head - very pretty. Superb, potent dark chocolate aroma really took me aback. Roast, coffee, and even some smoke notes as well. Wonderfully strong roasty taste, healthy bitterness and rather dark chocolate. Thick, full, humongous feel - but not sludgy. Manages to remain smooth and creamy. Roasted chocolate / coffee beans in the coating finish. Very dry and very roasty aftertaste. It’s rare to find a beer this explosively flavorful - a superlative brew. Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 The original light bulb over my head. Pours to opaque black with a creamy tan head, wafting burning cedar, hazelnut, espresso, dark chocolate. Immense roasted malt flavor, sweet nuts, coffee, and a lightly bittersweet finish. This is a wonderfully done example of a nearly easy-drinking stout, neither a sipper nor a session. DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer pours out of the bottle in a stream the reminds me of used motor oil. Once in the glass, it’s a glowing black with a dark and murky tan and copper head.
Smells of a great blend of dark, smoky barley, coffee and a creamy nuttiness. The dryness of the burnt elements are delightfully offset by a slight malty sweetness.
The flavor starts with a mild barley, toasted marshmallow and nut foundation that picks up dry elements with the onset of the carbonation. This releases the expected smoky elements and a touch of honey. This beer then finishes off with a smooth coffee and smoke.
The mouth feel is surprisingly glassy and smooth with a micro-bubble carbonation.
As far as the smokier stouts go, this one’s top notch. It’s charred, but still smooth and clean with a superb silky mouth feel. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
This beer started off pouring a huge head, which eventually died down to a normal amount of lacing. Aroma was gentle, but had some dark chocolate and....something vaguely whipped and dairy like. Tough to describe that quality. The texture of this beer was excellent. It managed to feel creamy and thick, yet light enough for easy drinking (rather than gradual sipping) if you choose to do so. Flavors had some additional caramel and toffee notes, along with dark chocolate and milkiness upfront, and the flavors becomes more and more roasty as you swallow. The bitterness on the throat seems to come from the roasty malts rather than a hop presence (though I assume hops are there?). Great beer though, perfectly balanced yet easy to drink compared to some of the real big beers out there. It’s tough think of a better regular stout out there. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Poured with a thick head of tight foam that sank around the edge of the glass leaving a pillow in the center. Dark dark beer. Looks fantastic. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma. Very smooth drinking. Tastes of chocolate, malt, and slightly burned marshmallows. It finishes nice...very pleasing.