ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Light chocolate and roast notes in the aroma. Black pour, average retention and lacing. Flavor is mellow roast malts, chocolate, very drinkable. Low-medium body, medium carbonation. Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 À la pompe au pub: Classique irish stout avec une dose magnifié de torréfaction et un fini bien sec. Très belle créature. kevinsenn (2289) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. An all-round good stout. Roasty, black, and dry in the finish. Another good one, Bell’s. deyholla (12289) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 On tap at the brewpub. Pours blac with a dark brown head that dissipates very quickly and nearly completely. Aroma has a nice dark roasted malt note with a hint of roast and bitter chocolate. Flavor has some light chocolate upfront with backing dark grains and roasted malts with a dry finish. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a rich blackish darker pour, brownish glowing edges show healthy glow. A smallish frothy offwhite head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle toast, roast, and cocoa. Some smoothed out sweetness, dry soda bread nose, touches of toast and roast grow. Not very sweet. Initial is typical Irish, a touch of thickness up front offering cocoa, roast, dry toast, and soda bread like dryness. Clean and fairly drinkable, with a touch of thickness as it’s giddy up. Middle shows touches of smokey roast, grains, and oatmeal. Some gentle smoked barley, touches of coffee, cocoa, roast. Really quite pleasant with a touch of body. Finish is cocoa, lingering smoke, roast, dryness. The smokey element really wins me over here. Quite nice.
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
On tap at Bells. Lighter bodied with a pronounced roastiness. Not much sweetness. Thin but not watery. Bell’s knows what they’re doing with stouts, that’s for sure. A nice easy drinker and a good food pairing type of brew. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draft. I thought this was a decent stout, but the body was not as expected ... a little thin, but may that is what they are going for here. Otherwise, the aroma was rich with chocolate. I will seek out to try again. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell’s Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.
The pour brings a hazy, medium-brown brew with a thin light tan head and a thin collar after that falls. The nose is pretty good with some fairly-strong chocolate dominating and being followed by a bit of earth, light roast, and a touch of vanilla.
The flavor pulls back quite a bit and there is some chocolate behind a flavor that is mostly a bit woody and earthy. Interesting, but not all that grand. Feel is a bit thin for what this is, though not by a large amount. Pretty drinkable in the end, but not my favorite. Out of the four new ones I had, Milk Stout is crowned king.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010 chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the Cafe...The color is way too light for a stout, a dark clear copper with lots of amber, ugly and off for the style. A light tan head with bad retention and lacing...The aroma is light but good, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of smoke, black coffee finish. Not really balanced but good...The taste is a big improvement, light coffee, very creamy and smooth. Roast and nuts begin to dominate after a while. Super easy to drink.
A great brown ale, a terrible dry Irish stout which is what they told me this was. Tmoney99 (14978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Draft sample at MBGWF 2011. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good roasted coffee malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture with flat carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Solid drinkable dry stout.