TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a darker brownish pour, dark near opaque body with some ruby edges and bottom. A frothy offwhite head near tan head sits atop and dies to a decent ring, laces small. Aromas are milk chocolate, lactose sugars, some gentle roast and toast, some caramel, cocoa. Mellow sweetness pervades. Initial is medium bodied, offering toast and sweet lactose sugars up front, healthy milk chocolate influence, with more cocoa, caramel, and toffee. Some sweetened coffee, coffee and cream with a designer addition elements. Pleasant, a bit sweet, with a mellow sweeter gentle roasty finish. Simple yet enjoyable. Flavors are on for what it aspires to be. JStax (6917) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at the source. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has roasy, sweet chocolate. Sweeter taste and a little toasty. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
This poured a very dark brown color with a very light tan head. Aroma was medium roasted malts, and light chocolate. Flavor was very silky smooth roastedness, sweet light chocolate, and some milky chalkiness too. Overall a really good milk stout. Marheb (5809) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 À la pompe au pub: Des notes rôti, chocolaté avec une présence en bouche velouté. Excellente entrée en scène pour Bell’s dans mon ’’sampler’’. DiarmaidBHK (5113) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Sampler at brewpub. Pours black with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt notes on the nose. The roasted malt balances nicely with the lactose. Finishes clean. Solid example of the style.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Served in a pint glass at Meridian Pint’s Bell’s Night of Darkness.
Pours near black with a solid tan head with a good bit of lacing and a nice collar. The nose is a bit tame with a bit of roast and chocolate. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt given the glassware and the fact that it got quite a bit better as it warmed up.
The flavor is quite nice and complex with a chocolate sweetness plus a touch of coffee. Nice roasted character and a bit of black licorice in the finish. The feel is ridiculously creamy and smooth with a nice chewiness. Awesome, awesome body. Almost certainly the best milk stout that I’ve ever had. I really hope they bottle this.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010 koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On draft at All Stouts Day. The pour is a reddish brown with a little lingering darkness. The head is minimal, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on the lactose, with light roasty tones. It's somewhat bland. With just a creamy roast being the prominent flavor. Not a bad beer, but not complex enough.
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draft at eccentric cafe. tastes like chocolate milk. Nothing spectacular. easy to drink. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tap at Bell's 3/31/13. Malty aroma. Sweet taste with some smokey qualities. Smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep translucent reddish-brown body, thin off-white head. Roasty nose with light sweetness. Light chocolate and toast body, roasty and thin with delicate lactic sweetness. Nondescript.