GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours like iodine w/ a medium sized, creamy froth. Head retention is good and reduces slowly to a full canopy and a fluffy ring. Aroma is weak w/ mildly roasted, creamy malts. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Mildy roasted w/ a balanced sweet and creamy malt backbone. Not real complex but very drinkable. Theres a slight souring that takes place mid-palate. The finish is long w/ a mild souring. Nejhleader (1559) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2007
very dark colour, has a bit of a roast toffee aroma, fairly smooth body, seems to have a hint of chocolate in it. JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2007
Black beer with dark amber-beige head. Chocolate, and dried wine or brandy barrels; sweet, near-fruity. Dark-brown sugar aroma. Sweet, coffee & cacaopowder; roasted finish, breadcrust. Retronasal like unsweetened cocoacream. Quite velvety MF, despite lively carbonation. Medium bodied, slick. Sweet, but warming stout, nice. Once more thanks to DaveDave BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a deep brown/black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Begins super smooth and leads into flavor that matches the aroma. Hints of cocoa in the finish. Very creamy and easy to drink. I wish I had a few more to enjoy on Christmas by the fire, because for some reason that is what this reminds me of. Big thanks to Mike for hooking me up with thus beer. tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2007
bottle. pours like a thick oil. no head. aroma is chocolate with some roasted notes and a light alcohol. mod bitter hop in taste. bittersweet on exhale. great carbonation - fine prickly bubbles. starts out moderately thick and thins as you drink. ended up tasting like a dopplebock toward the end. definitely a solid beer. i had ’the poet’ a couple nights prior, and this one felt slightly lackluster in comparison. definitely worth tasting though.
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2007
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small dark tan head. Aroma is very sweet with malt, a little fruitiness and some brown sugar. Taste is a little bitter, with a lot of burnt malt and only a hint of the sweetness in the finish that the aroma had. A very subdued sourness is in there that reminds me of one bottle of cherry stout that I had. Fairly thick, quite smooth. This one had potential, but I just couldn’t get past the burnt taste. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown body, small tan head receding rapidly, big roasty nose with coffee notes. Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, less richness than the nose suggests, very drinkable. hellbilly (3248) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2007
batch 8150 bottle from miketd...thanks. pours a very dark brown with a creamy cocoa head. aroma is cream...both soured and lacto sweetness, chocolate and heavily roasted malts. flavor is full of dark roasted malt ashiness, wood chocolate and milk flavoring (the kind added to stuff to make it taste more like real milk). there’s coffee on the finish with some lingering bitterness. medium/low body. definite "milk spit" in the back of my throat. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle: Pours a clear very dark brown almost black with a solid tan head. The nose is driven by roast, chocolate and dark caramel. I get a lot of coffee, come dark chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the finish. The palate is medium light and disappears fairly quickly. It’s good but it doesn’t begin to measure up to the other Bell’s beers I’ve had. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Wish I had not just had Kalamazoo, because this seems somewhat muted in comparison, although still very nice.
The pour is impressive, slightly more opaque and darker than the Kalamazoo with a nice bit of lace that clings all the way down the glass.
Smokey aroma, with a hint of chocolate, and a bit of sour cream of all things.
Flavor is heavy on the malt, with a big lactic backbone giving it just a bit of sourness that I typically would think of more in a dry stout rather than a sweet stout.