Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #7143. Poured dark brown to black. Malty aroma with some chocolate mixed in. Some good coffee and chocolate taste. Get in my belly!
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Bottle. Year old bottle with no head and an inky black color. Lots of cocoa in the nose and a bit of roasted malt. Flavors include chocolate, caramel, crystal malt, vanilla and a touch of roasty espresso. Surprisingly the beer is not overly sweet and the hops lend a subtle bitterness to support all the sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style and has a silky/creamy texture. Finish has a taste of stale hops and bitter chocolate. Generally not a fan of this style as it tends to be one dimensional, but Bells has managed to come up with yet another impressive stout.
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice color, but lacking much of a head. Faint aroma; in fact, it was kind of hard to find (I hate that). Flavor is right on target, though, and the profile consists of caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, and a good coffee. Chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste, with a subtle bitterness. If this beer had a decent head, and more aroma, then it would definitely get a 4+ rating.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roastiness in the nose. Little foam to note, just a small edge lace. Iím drinking this almost 15 mos after bottling based on bellís batch numbers. A nice mouthfeel just coats evenly and smoothly. Taste is nice and light chocolatey with solid malt. Would be interested in a fresh bottle to compare.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 What is the story? Sour, sour sour. All of the sweet roastiness is there but it is overpowered by an immediate and lasting sourness. I experienced the same thing with the Kalamazoo Stout. I hope next yearís batch of stouts isnít subject to whatever infected this yearís. Iíve had Bellís stouts in the past and they can be the best around.
Re-rate 1-06: Bells has clearly worked out their earlier infection issues. This version is a big, sweet and creamy glass of milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Good thickness for a sweet stout. Quite pleasing.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a rich caramel head, flat carbonation.
Rich chocolate, caramel, sweet roasted malt notes.
Bitter sweet finish, chewy & creamy, lively on the tongue.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-brown color with a brown lace head. Sweet malt aroma with caramel and chocolate dominating. Milky cream taste. Great palate compared to most sweet stouts. Long rich aftertaste and doesnít end bitter and sour like most.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can Bellís make a stout or what? Reminds me a bit a very toned down version of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nose of black licorice. Plenty of lacing. Not surprisingly, a very creamy, smooth stout with a toned down bitterness that only becomes apparent after an initial sweetness. Flavor of chocolate malt and a bit of coffee. Outstanding beer from one of the best craft brewers out there.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thick brown with tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, creamy and thick. Finishes malty. Very hearty beer for winter drinking.
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous midnight pitch-black, with nice half-finger tan head. Bubbly, with decent retention and solid lacing, sticking to the glass attractively.
Nice aromatic touches of sweet roasted barley and cocoa, and other dark aromas/flavors. Kind of faint, have to sniff hard to notice.
Sweet toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly roasted barley dominate the tongue. Fairly medium body, low carbonation. Very smooth, like a light chocolate shake, as nay stout should be.
Very good, tasty stout worthy of even the most elite ones. Maybe not the best, but very solid indeed.