gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Good cream flavor; reminds of cream soda... the coffee flavor quite stong... roasted malts. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
I’ve had better batches of this beer, but this is the one I’m rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as you’d think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Black with tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was of chocolate, malt, hops, and oak. Flavor was similar except with some syrup sweetness. Tingly with carbonation and alcohol taste in the mouth, which distracted from the flavors. Finish was crisp and bitter. MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2009
This is a winter beer, and I tried it in may, not that it makes that much of a difference, but it was quite heavy. Aside from that, it poured a very dark brown/black totally opaque with a caramelly dark head. Had a definate chocolate aroma, none of the coffee that one gets a lot of times from a stout. When I tasted it, instantly I got the chocolate flavor, with maybe a touch of coffee aftertaste. Overall, it was a bit heavy, especially for the time of year, but would be nice with a chocolate dessert. I liked it generally, and would probably get it again. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
via trade with wheninhell - like all of the bells stouts, this pours jet black. aroma is of milk chocolate and roasted malt. flavor is something like a mocha coffee with cream. this has a nice full body with a sweet lingering finish. pretty good, but not up to the level of the other bells stouts ive had.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
very rich in flavor, with sweet undertones of chocolate, yet somewhat thin in the palate. low carbonation... hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Batch 8150 bottle. Black pour with tan foamy head, nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Also, very slight sour milk aromas. Creamy sweetness followed by bitter coffee/dark chocolate flavors. A bit thin on the palate. Slightly sweet, warming finish. Easy drinking. Good cool weather brew. Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
This one’s aroma is overwhelming with coffee. There is a clarity of this note, but no dynamics, which means it smells like coffee and nothing else. The tan head never forms fully, even if aggressively poured. The brew is black. The taste is more than just that of coffee, but barely so. There are vague hints of chocolate and nuts, but just that. It is robust in that coffee flavor and it is to be appreciated for that. A bit carbonized on the palate, the brew is heavy and filmy, though it does not take away from it. This stout is enjoyable and well done, but of a singular hook. Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Very nice dark brown, almost black color with some faint ruby highlights around the sides and edges. A nice, full, creamy, fluffy, smooth khaki colored head with very nice retention and real nice lacing. A nice malty tone in the aroma. Some roasty aspects. A bit of coffee. A bit of chocolate. Neither aroma is very robust. Might be picking up a bit of raisin and a small note of the oatmeal and/or cream. Seems to be balanced pretty well though. The taste had a lot of the proper characteristics of a Stout. Some roasted coffee and chocolate, but like the smell, not real pronounced or robust. A minor hint of bitterness and maybe even a hint of some dark or burnt grain. Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and mostly creamy. Did a nice job of leaving flavor on the palate. Mostly dry, but not too dry. I’ve had better, more robust, complex Stouts, but this one is solid enough to be considered a good example. very easy to drink and worth a shot if you see it. Nothing over complicated. More than anything a no-nonsence, pretty enjoyable Stout.