1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Tap. Pours to a deep black body with a thin rocky tan head. The aroma is strong smoke and deeply roasted black malts. The flavor is strong deeply charred black malt and a nicely balanced smoked malts. More of a stout with subtle smoking than a strong rauchmalt and subtle charring. Nice smoked lightly charred palate. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
On tap at Madura, pre Great Taste ’08. Unlike any other Bell’s stout. Dark dark brown to black, with a bit of a quickly disappearing head. Big roast, with a strongly smokey aspect. Not peaty, a bit bacony, but much more acidic and woodchippy in the nose. The mouth isn’t huge and thick, but it’s certainly not thin. The flavor is very acidity, very sharp, and the smoke only makes this aspect stick out more. The flavors are almost fruity, but much more roasty acidity than anything else. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
On tap at Maduro’s Bell event
islay (2996) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
While lacking the spectacle of last year’s ridiculous taplist there were still a few interesting things being tapped this year. The best was a five year old Expedition stout which just goes to prove how great a beer it is. Otherwise the only one I tried was this. Expecting something with a bit more smoke it was a little bit of a disappointment. Good as a stout it either needs more smokiness or a new name.
Aroma / Appearance - The thin spotty head resolved itself at the top of an almost full pint. Underneath was a black body that was fluid and left little evidence along the sides as I drank it. Smoky chocolate reminded me of the smell of an empty cigar box filled with fruit.
Flavor / Palate - The slight bitterness gave only a trace of smoke like the kind you may find in a freshly dumped ash tray. Dark chocolate formed a rich conclusion which left me refreshed. The dry finish was well done. Easy to drink my only real problem was that it did not feel smoked at all.
16 oz. pour, on tap at Maduro in Madison before Great Taste of the Midwest. Consumed on 8-8-2008. Sweet, malty aroma of light bacon and chocolate. Pours dark brown with a thin wisp of tan head. Tarry, roasted coffee taste features a disappointingly small hint of smoke. Medium to heavy body. Lively. Rough on the palate. Forgettable. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft at Maduro. Poured an opaque black color. The head was khaki and left some lace behind. Nice roasty aroma with chocolate, molasses, toffee, and graham undertones. I didn’t get any distinct smoke in the nose. Medium bodied and dry on the tongue. The flavor was similar to the nose with only a hint of smoke. This was a good beer, but left me wanting a little more smoke.
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Maduro. Poured lighter black with a short-lived cap of deep tan head. The aroma was dry and chocolatey with well-integrated smoked malts.. somewhat restrained but nice. The flavor had dry-roasted chocolate and coffee at the core with toasty smoked malts extending outward.. dry finish picked up an unexpected dose of sourness (not necessarily bad). Dry and toasty on the palate with nice smoky integration.. tasty. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap at Maduro, pre-GTMW ’08: Pours a nearly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a thin-lacing wispy tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark carramel malts and some mild, earthy smoke. Body is a little thinner than I expected, but quite drinkable with some dark chocolate and roasty smoked notes before a semi-dry finish. Decent smoked stout, but could use a little more body and smoke character. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2008
black pour with a thin brown head. Lightly smoked..maybe, some peat and caramel. Some coffee in the flavor, caramel, peat, a touch of smoke. Lightly bitter finish. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
On tap at The Comet!punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours black as night with a nice half inch, brown, frothy head. Smell is roasty and cocoa. Taste is chocolatey and roasty. Not as much roast as a Alaskan Smoked Porter, but a good amount there that compliments the stout well. Full, thick, viscous and creamy on the mouthfeel. Coats the glass well. This is a good stout for those not looking to drink a campfire. Subtle and welldone.
Tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Black brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, and cocoa. Flavor is chocolate upfront, fading to licorice, and subtle smoke in the finish. Creamy, medium-full body with soft carbonation.