detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
This beer pours so dark, it is like a black hole - light may enter, but none escapes. I hold it up to the light in my kitchen, and absolutely no light passes through. I can tell by the bubbles that are in contact with the side of the glass that the beer is clear, however. The head is a pretty dark - about the same color as brown sugar. The head does not stick around, it diminishes to a scattering of various sized bubbles on the surface.
The smell is pretty good. For some reason, I expected it to be stronger, but still I detect a roastiness and alcohol scent. The alcohol reminds me of brandy.
Ahhh... the taste. Big bold unsweetened bitter chocolate, espresso, and a plum-brandy flavor. Fantastic. Sweet too - like brown sugar and maybe some kind of dark honey. There is a certain smokiness to it too, nothing like a rauchbier smokiness, more earthy. Maybe like tobacco (but a good cigar, not a Marlboro).
Thick bold mouthfeel, with very lttle presence of carbonation (though I can see its there).
The coffee/chocolate roastiness and some hops linger for a long time on my palate. A trace of maple?
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Received through trade with brewblackhole. The color was an opaque black with no light penetration. The head was a medium brown and creamy. The aroma was sweet malt, alcohol, chocolate and roast. The flavor was not as complex as i thought it would be. I expected a stream of powerful flavors. The alcohol wasn’t as prominent as in the aroma. It was more bitter than sweet with a lot of malty flavor. There was a roasted taste as well. The palate was medium thickness and the finish had a mineral/roasty taste. emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Courtesy of brewblackhole. Pours a wonderful black, I’d like for it to be a little more viscous to get that 5. The head is fairly generous (although my pint has a narrow top), creamy, and tan leaving a nice sliding lace. The aroma is not quite what I would like. Definite roast with some malt character, and something that smells like cooked cereal. Not a bad aroma, just a little toned down. After it warms alcohol begins to rear its head The flavor follows, has serious potential but lacks that little umph that would put it over the top. Alright, lets describe. Definitely a roasted taste, no doubt about it, maybe some coffe, no detectable hop, and the alcohol shows itself if you wait a few seconds between sips. The palate is odd in that it is very full and smooth/velvety while at the same time having a lackluster thinness in the background, maybe I’m imagining it. The finish is smooth as well with alcohol showing between sips as with flavor. smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2007
12 oz. bottle served cold. pours a dark muddy brown. there was only a thin brown head on this bottle, i am unsure as to why. the scent was quite malty with chocolate tinges. it’s incredibly sweet and smooth. limited carbonation, and a wonderful roasted, chocolate cream taste. remarkably easy to drink. wow. incredible beer. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2007
This Bells beauty pours like someone liquifed the beer bottle. Smooth, brown then non-transparent as it comes together in the glass with a dense foamy light brown head. Very faint roasted caramel coffee aroma. Pleasant aroma and pleasant to drink. Medium bodied, creamy and very light dark chocolate bitterness. Gentle warmth.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark color with a tan frothy head. Aroma of chocolate is intense. Taste Has a very malty taste. BenDover (233) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours very dark, almost black, with a deep tan/brown head, very dense. Very complex taste, sweet with a roasty touch. Great stuff. Not as good as Kalamazoo, but really good. tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
First bottle opened on New Year’s day. Love Bell’s stouts. Creamy head, smooth flavor with hints of chocolately, nuttiness. Glad it got packed in the suitcase. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Dark brown with small bubbly head. Flavor is sweet and nutty chocolate with a smooth roastiness and enough bitterness to balance. Dorwart (2616) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Good sized brown frothy head of dense and creamy bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Milk chocolate, hazelnut coffee, cookie dough and a bit of roasted malts. Very dark brown in color. Silky smooth palate. Lovely milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some nuts and the coffee shows up late swallow. Mellow sweetness that is just right. Finishes long with some nice roastyness and a bit of bitter coffee. Some pretty damn good stuff.