Bell's Smoked Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
On tap at The Comet in Northside.
12oz. in a straight tulip.
A: Pours pitch black with average single American stout viscosity. Short head on the pour with little retention and just a bit of lacing.
S: Pleasantly smoky. Assertive but not overpowering. Some light and juicy dark fruits, red grapes come to mind. Maybe a touch of vanilla mixed with the woody and peaky aromas.. or maybe the wood is oak, haha.
T/M: Very nice smoked flavor. Very assertive and any more might be too much but Bell's seemed to push it right to the edge without going over. The smoky, woody, peaky flavor balances... or at least, plays well with the dark fruit and light molasses flavors. A bit of spent coffee grounds in the back... not too strong, especially from the bitterness aspect, but just that little hint of robustness. More of that Baltic Porter type grape taste is detectable. It has a soft bitterness right at the beginning that doesn't quite make it to the end, lightly citrus-y. Body is only about medium, fitting into the style quite nicely. Limited carbonation lends a nice velvety smoothness.
D: Very drinkable. The Comet had a few different brews that I wanted to sample so I just stuck with one of these but I'm sure I'll head there tomorrow as well. Even with a potent smoke flavor, I could see myself with a glass of this after dinner, maybe even with a chocolate desert.
07-08-2008 00:51:35 | More by pwoods
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
on tap, Maduro, pre-great taste of the midwest
Bells had 19 beers on tap, but i had sampled 17 already - this was one of the 2 newbies
appearance: served in a bells pint glass, solid dark mahogany body with really no head presence to speak of at all
smell: no smoke, lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa powder
taste: what a dissapointment. there is no smoke in this thing to speak of. I let 5 people try it and nobody got more than a hint of smoke. There is a meaty aftertaste but that is about it. It drinks like an average american with a nice chocolate malt presence but this falls well below the Bells standard
08-10-2008 15:19:19 | More by dirtylou
4.28/5 rDev +10%
On tap at Bell's. Listed at 7.4% ABV on the board
A - Black with a small amount of white head and some lacing.
S - Roasted malts with subtle smoke aroma that is present but not overwhelming.
T - Roasted malts and smoke. The smoke is perfect - present without dominating the palate. A slight bitterness is present as well as a touch of coffee.
M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
03-12-2012 13:54:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5 rDev +8%
On tap at The Comet!
Pours black as night with a nice half inch, brown, frothy head. Smell is roasty and cocoa. Taste is chocolatey and roasty. Not as much roast as a Alaskan Smoked Porter, but a good amount there that compliments the stout well. Full, thick, viscous and creamy on the mouthfeel. Coats the glass well. This is a good stout for those not looking to drink a campfire. Subtle and welldone.
07-19-2008 02:45:35 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
On tap at Meridian Pint's Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.
Pours a dark brown color and has a towering head, especially when considering the style. Considerable lacing is left on the sides of the glass as it falls down to a nice cap. The aroma brings some slightly-meaty smoke as well as a touch of roasted cocoa and malt.
The flavor is fairly smokey without too much else backing it up. There is a bit of a roasted malt character, though the roast lends itself more to the feel, which finds a nice spot short of too smokey. Drinkability was decent enough, but nothing about this one was all that remarkable. It was a pretty good take on the style, however.
12-22-2010 18:36:39 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours jet black, with a light tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and a small smokiness. In the taste, roasty coffee and a small smoke note. A small bite and medium to big mouthfeel, and a dry roasty malt and smoke aftertaste. Small smoke, big coffee taste, and a very nice stout.
08-30-2008 19:25:59 | More by OWSLEY069
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that reduced slightly and left spotty lace.
S-Light smoky aroma with notes of roasted grain and a hint of dark chocolate.
T-Light smoke notes with a bit of chocolate, coffee and a bit of hop/roasted malt bitterness. Nice dry finish.
M-Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Smoky flavour is light but lingers nicely.
D-Tasty, not an over the top smoke but there is enough smoky flavour to let you know that it is there. I am a big smoked beer fan and this one hots the mark well.
01-04-2009 07:26:26 | More by Deuane
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
I appreciate the folks from Bell's for bringing this beer down to the NHC. It seems Bell's can do no wrong. This is a tremendous stout that balanced toward an Oatmeal Stout with it's smooth, creamy texutres and soft chocolate, coffee, and light fruit flavors. The gravity weight of the beer seems high, but supports the flavors well. But then there's that campfire-y, charred, meaty flavors that come from the smoke additions that give the beer new meaning. The smoke never dominates the beer but pushes it's presence in ever facet of the beer- from aroma to finish, the smoke weaves in and out of the chocolates, coffee, nutty, fruit notes seamlessly. It's a joy to drink- and I did a lot of that.
Notes taken from '08 NHC.
06-25-2008 12:35:04 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Bordering on brown to black in color. A small tan head leaves a great lace in its tracks.
Peaty smoke induced malt with marshmallow and chocolate covered meats? Roasty with a charcoal grill aroma.
Smooth and creamy. Tantalizing smoke with a laid back chocolate and dark fruit appeal. A hint of vanilla as well. Very nice and easy drinking. Not as meaty in the mouth as the nose would lead one to think.
03-07-2008 22:44:04 | More by mcallister
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Had this sucker on tap with pimpp after I read his review (below) and current availability at "The Comet" in Northside (Southern Ohio). It was served too cold into a delightful Samuel Smith's tulip glass, so I let it sit and warm in my hands for a bit, to bring out the flavor.
Poured a rich, cloudy blackish brown with a small tan head that didn't remain long.
Hints of heavily toasted, sweet malts mixed with light smokiness and baker's chocolate on the nose.
Taste and mouthfeel was light and dry for a smoked stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Body was light to medium and tasted much like the hose.
This is a very nice and easy drinking smoked stout. Definitely recommended if you are in the area - worth checking out, glad I had to opportunity to give it a try.
07-12-2008 16:34:41 | More by beachbum1975
Bell's Smoked Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.