KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottles from Kevin and Styles
Pours a deep brown with a head that forms after the fact. Aroma is a strong strawberry and alcohol scent. Flavor is a bit of orange/grapefruit, followed by bitter roasted malt. A bit of pine seems to be poking its head out as well. A lingering sweetness is evident in the finish. Palate satifsfies. Good beer.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily and slick, yet highly fizzy, with a shit-ton of licorice and overwhelming dark fruit, dark chocolate and a strong shot of salt and soy sauce. Intensely flavorful and sticky-rich, but the soy sauce and licorice are really getting to me...ew.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black with just a trace of brown highlights and a dense layer of fine burnt orange head. First sniff, quite a bit of grapefruit, second sniff, very good chocolate, third sniff they have blended together nicely and added coffee, cognac and maybe just a touch of oak. Plum wine shows up after a little more warming. Alas. This was all going so well until I tasted it. Very present alcohol. Kind of hot, and by far the most prominent flavor. Not jet fuel harsh--more like somebody spiked it with a shot of bourbon. Chocolate liqueur, a lingering dark chocolate bitterness that transitions into grapefruit rind. A little cough medicine taste left on my lips. I can see how this could turn into something truly amazing, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not waiting a few years to try this. It does get a little less hot and green in the second half of the bottle. Or maybe it just toasted my palate. Thanks so much Hezron, for the bottle! I’ve been hunting this for a long time, and I’m inspired now to find another one to lay down for a few years.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of biscuits, licorice, juniper, some mellow hops. Taste is chocolatey with a fair amount of roasted malt present.
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from the bottle at the Brewery in 2007. Very strong, overpowering, and while full of flavor, not an enjoyable experience.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
got a good sample while waiting in line for Dark Lord 2008. pours black, slight tan head. fruity coffee aroma. flavor of coffe, rich chocolate and fruit (cherries?) medium bodied. an interesting brew with very well-hidden alcohol, but i think the fruitiness knocks it down a point or two overall.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Aroma was a little weaker than expected: A little vanilla and sweetness, then nothing. The flavor is a little more robust with medium coffee, chocolate, and dark malt. Not overwhelming in flavor. Oily, greasy mouthfeel. Overall, good
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.
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong Alcoholic aroma with hints of sweetness. Dark brown with redish hues and a light tan head. Taste of alcohol is predominent with some sourness. Thin bodied with lots of carbonation and again a strong alcoholic presence. Too much of an alochol taste hides most of the other flavors, which would have made this more enjoyable.