gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin black body. Flavor and taste is very much like would think after pouring. A true stout with a lot going on. Carmel, grapefuit, and others but most of all you are lef with esspresso/coffee wich is just not my personal preferance.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As dark as stouts come really, but this one has a decent sized head on it, for a stout that is. Aroma is first off sweet. Then coffee, then roast, then chocolate. Flavor comes off....well, odd at first. I somewhat expect a usualt craft beer flavor from Bells, but this is unique. Brown sugar maybe? Too much left over roast flavor. It is not too hoppy, but if it were it would be overshadowed by the sheer size of this beer. Seeing that this is just a tad more alcoholic than the Expedition Stout, I expected just a slightly stronger brew. That was not the case to my taste. This sadly is to much in the wrong direction I say.
Fin (7018) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ZBF 2008 on the Saturday, this was shared out to us ratebeerians by the very generous Miketd, cheers Mike! Bacon was on the aroma as so accurately spotted by Phil L, but also some smokiness and roasted nuts. Intensely bitter but backed with much sweetness. The bitterness coats ones tongue and stays there for some time, some coffee flavours as well. I liked this but Iím glad that I had a smallish sample as any more and I may have found it just a bit too much for me.
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 2013 Inaugural Vintage Beer Tasting. 2005 bottle. Pour was dark brown to black with a small layer of suds the color of a cardboard box. Smells similar to aged brandy with fermented dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, somewhat leathery. Mouth feel was slick and warm, very soft carbonation. Roasty taste with predominant taste of figs and dark fruits, charred wood, hints of spices - allspice, anise. Finish was slightly sour and surprisingly clean. I need some more years to appreciate this one.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gee,guess Iím in my own boat on this one. Drank fresh,and 2 days ago. Rating for the aged,which is just slightly better. Thick pour. Very dark,brown,red,almost black. Head is short,lived. Powerful vinous,fruit,alcohol,and some chocolate,roast. Thick in the mouth. Big charcoal,tar upfront followed by a little sweet malt and bombarded with alcohol. Burnt,vanilla and port. Finish has gotten better with age,but still I donít care much for it. Lightly sweet flavors are masked by charred,smokey,flavors and ruling port/alcohol. This is probably the most wine/port like beer Iíve had,that wasnít aged in a wine barrel. After drinking this one,Iím glad I traded my last two away. This beer was crazy fresh, and still is. Just a mess of flavors IMHO.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle. It is dark brown and thick. There is a light brown head that disappears quickly. There is cherry, chocolate, pepper, and alcohol in the aroma. Lots of cherry-wine cooler and chocolate in the flavor. Maybe a bit too sweet. You can feel some sting from the alcohol. A pretty interesting drink, but a bit too sweet and strong.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown head, dark brown/red body. Slightly roasted aroma is shadowed by a plastic solvent fragrance. Taste is sweet, cocoa but somewhat bland. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Finish has some good roastiness going on.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of plastic and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very roasty and malty, but nothing special, and some plastic in the nose that doesnít work.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Shared by beastiefan2k back at the hotel during G.A.B.F. 2008. Opaque pour with a deep khaki dense lacing head. Very pungent and sweet nose. Chocolate syrup, espresso, boozy and burnt. Slick and thick texture. Sugary sweet flavor with burnt espresso roast and chocolate liqueur. Extremely rich and hard to drink.
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Pitch black with only a small tan ring of very tight bubbles, only slight lacing. Aroma is chocolate and alcohol, dark fruity esters. Flavor is overwhelmed by alcohol. Disappointing. This needs time to age. I will need to RERATE it at some point.