Dagger Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -11%
On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.
Essentially black with reddish edges and an excellent head.
Aroma: boozy; hint of port; over-ripe fruits.
Very rich; somewhat boozy (but not in the feel); full body; low-medium carbonation.
O: Excellent stout.
08-17-2013 03:41:13 | More by chinchill
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric cafe - I'm revamping notes from about 8 months ago, finally found what I did with them. Pours a pretty dense looking black color with only the slightest bit of dark brown coming alive at the very edges. The head was fine-bubbled, creamy, and showed nice retention and minimal lacing.
Powerful and characteristic aromas - roasted malts, so roasted they are nearly bittering, light coffee and sweet cocoa, a bit of charcoal. Hops are delicate but aggressive and noticeable; herbal and leafy, providing another nice bitterness attack.
Like the aroma, the flavor is heavy, dense, and thick. Black licorice and anise come out on the palate, though they weren't big on the nose. Burnt and roasted chocolate malts, dry espresso beans - the cocoa seems to be pretty subdued compared to the rest of the flavors.
Hops don't contribute much to the profile other than a slightly ashy bitterness. Light char notes are still there, but not quite enough to give it a campfire or smokey flavor. Nice clash of sweetness and bitterness, exactly what I like in my stouts. Thick body with low carbonation, silky and overall pretty smooth on the palate.
Hot damn, certainly a powerful stout. It's been a while since I had this one and I am trying to live vicariously through notes I took so many months ago. I'd like to have this one again when I visit Bell's next. But I do remember it being damn good. Better than Expedition? Not in my opinion. But I'd like to have this one again to be sure.
06-16-2012 00:13:13 | More by tectactoe
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
pours an opaque black, tight small tan head. The nose is more like a black ipa, slightly burnt malt with notes of licorice, sweet hop, citric and herbal, almost a touch tea like. The flavor is similar, more roasted malt and coffee with the strong hop presence in the second half. A touch less tea like and a bit more stout like than the nose with a full body, a hint oily, with nice carb.
11-17-2011 16:16:06 | More by cpetrone84
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Had on tap at the Eccentric Cafe at Bell's in Kalamazoo MI.
the beer is black, with off-white creamy head. good head retention. espresso and black licorice in the aroma. similar flavors in the taste. roasty, licorice/anise notes are the most dominant flavor, but still moderate. thicker body, lower carbonation.
overall - good, but I'd still prefer their Expedition Stout.
06-20-2012 02:31:55 | More by jmdrpi
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 7/21/12
A) Nearly impenetrable dark brown with some light trying to pass at the base of the glass. Poured an 1/8th inch head that lasted a long time before moving to the edge. Bit o' lace.
S) The aroma secures the description of the beer: dark chocolate and coffee - bitter, roasted and scorched. There is but a ghost note of imperial stout sweetness. So plain, yet so alluring.
T) Tasty dry, roasted bitterness (but it's not overdone). This is actually well balanced for such a thing. Roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate are layered in abundance.
M) Medium/medium-plus feel with appropriate carbonation. The clean finish has mild residuals.
D) To cop a line from a Beck song, "Please enjoy. Hell yes."
10-01-2013 00:21:13 | More by Ryan011235
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.
S: roasted malts with bitter cocoa and dry piny aromas dominate. There are coffee and char notes as well.
T: Wow. Roasted malts with very dark chocolate and bitter, roasted coffee hit first. Piny hop notes with a touch of sweet cream flavors follow with a finish that is roasted, charred, and lightly hoppy. Amazing.
M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick with enough carbonation to accent the hop characters well.
O: this might be more of a black ale than imperial stout, but it's fantastic. Tons of wonderful hop and roasted malt characters are present. Its one big fault is a weak nose.
05-30-2012 16:40:14 | More by n2185
Dagger Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.