lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours dark black with thin khaki head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, malty, toffee, good! Flavor is the same, but with a tangy quality. I like it. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
english pint, room temp. / the body is blacker than midnight, hence no highlight. the head is huge, sparkly, tight, rocky, and... awesome. a lot of resiny lace is left, also. and whaddayaknow, this is a rich, smooth, sweet stout. an excellent brew with flavors primarily analogous to slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies, a bit of coffee and spice, and a pinch of fruitiness. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Cheers to MrFacto for generously providing a bottle for our tasting. Black with a thin head that appears light tan in color. Deep aroma highlighting decadent malts (chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of cream for coffee and gingerbread. Rich and chewy malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and brownies. Another very special Bell’s stout. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Pours a deep black, yeast sediment very heavy, as is the case with all Bells. Head is apprpriate, lacing is excellent. Aroma is toffee, tobacco, and mild hops. Flavor is sweet, toffee gives way to chocolate, which in turn gives way to coffee, then mild and grassy, and a long, dry, bitter finish. Excellent stuff, but that was expected. Amazing when paired with milk chocolate. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Styles: Deep, dark brown, completely opaque, medium brown head that slowly fades to a ring with nice lacing. Aroma is bread, coffee, roasted malt, burned malt, butter. Palate is very creamy, thick, full. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, butter, creamy chocolate, pine & citrus hops, plum, carob, marshmellow, dark caramel, bitter chocolate, mildest alcohol, fruit. Amazing palate, sweet dry finish.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
bottle. Pitch black, mocha head and lace. aroma consists of a lot of coffee, bread, and creamy chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. flavour is bursting forth with coffee goodness. very rich. some bitter chocolate in the finish. it’s a good stout, but it didn’t really blow me away. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of butter and uncooked cookie dough. The taste is also butter with hints of chocolate. I dont know about this beer. It tastes like I should be dipping my lobster in it and not drinking it. Very sweet taste and aftertaste. Cartoonkhaki (1300) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Dark black hue.. dark tan head light cola aroma.. pear and apple blended into the complexity of the aroma and flavour.. Mustiness the 10 malts compeat with eachother to form a complex flavour... Light smooth oily palate.. very good ......light carbonation.... DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottled. Darkest billowy brown head I’ve seen in a while. Solid black body. Smell of deep roasted cocoa, chicory and carob. Taste is initially creamy, like toasted marchmallows. I also get impressions of polished walnut, sassafrass, loam with nightcrawlers (oh, that’s a good thing). Very warming alcohol leaves me a bit heady. Marred only by slightly burnt offerings further down. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Average aroma. Beautiful mahogany head. Nice flavor with nutty and toasted notes. Smacks of caramel and coffee. Carbonation is light, alcohol makes an appearance. Excellent!