TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2016 Previous review from draft: Huge roasted aroma with lots of caramel, raisin, cocoa, coffee, and plum. A hint of leather is in there as well. Super slick, velvety, creamy, and soft palate. Complex flavors of chewy caramel and a roasted chocolate middle. Finished with a mild acidic snap and a medicinal blue cheese richness. The bitter chocolate rounds this out nicely. (8, 4, 8, 4 = 4.0) gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
A revisit still finds the body a wee thin, and halfway through the bottle the sugars become semi-fatiguing. Blessedly soft maltiness shows faint complementary grip of roast, yet predominant prune, licorice and lactic notes detract from the richer maltiness and keep this from becoming decadent and luxurious. Still quite solid and enjoyable, but it’s just too sweet for me to wanna revisit more than once or twice a year. Curiously thin, too, which leaves the drinker somewhat dissatisfied, even after the sugary onslaught.
Good cream flavor; reminds of cream soda... the coffee flavor quite stong... roasted malts. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Pour is frothy, color is very dark. Not a bad stout, not very sweet. Chocolately. I guess I should have had this with dessert. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Poured very dark with a thin head. Has a roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. Finishes way too sour for me. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (1/1/08, 12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari) Small tan head atop cola brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast/coffee, light vinous. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, coffee bitterness. Smooth medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
(Brickskeller Bells 10/03) Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is creamy, rich, coffee, chocolate, tobacco. Taste is coffee, light chocolate, light sweet. Medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)
(WCC2003) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, medium sweet, some chocolate. Taste is rich, coffee, light chocolate, medium bitter. Full body, fairly creamy. (8/4/8/4/16)
Good aroma of grains typical of Bells. Head is good. I thought the taste was a little too sour and a little off. Very malty and full though. Pretty good aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate. A little overrated. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pitch black with a tinge of dark caramel at the edges. Head is small and dense. Aroma is of strong black coffee and charred malts. On the dry side and medium bodied but smooth. Flavor is strong bitter coffee. Not as sweet as I'd like. Overall pretty good though. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Mixture of coffee and bitter chocolate. A touch watery, but I have found this to happen with many of the Bell's. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Deep inky black appearance. Roasted grain aromas. Small tan head. Fruity and a little thin at first. Light cherry notes, dark chocolate, olives?, medium bodied, but finishes long and slightly bitter, big malt. Decent brew, although I feel this is over-rated.