joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like MOTOR OIL! Super thick, chocolatey. Some burnt aromas, flavors. Extremely heavy and thick on the tongue. There’s no way this could float on a Bass. Alcohol spice on the tail. This thing is an absolute MONSTER TRUCK - big kick, big dark aromas and flavors, whopping bitter and heavy hardy feel. I wish I loved stouts more... This is the most stouty stout I’ve ever tasted. Big thanks to PROC!!!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opens with an incredible vinous nose. Is perhaps a bit shy on carbonation, but it really doesn’t matter: this is a huge, complex, wonderful beer. Pleasantly sweet with all sorts of flavors going on: chocolate, coffee, loganberry jam, a bit of tar for good measure...
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my all time favorites. It is a glass of big roasty blackness with hops to match. Tastes quite good after a couple years in the basement too.
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 This beer is a pot roast in a bottle. Some stouts fall short on flavor after extended drinking...not this. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, dates, motor oil, and burnt meat. You should almost cut it 50/50 with club soda. This is truly an awesome beer, and I’m going to cellar a bunch of it.
tourette (211) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent stout. Almost too thick and intense for me. This would be perfect after a long expedition. Very, very complex and good.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very well named; this beer is quite a journey through alternating states of lovely roasted sweets and dark, complex bitters.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is intense. This beer is so black that it’s purple. More flavours than I care to count...chocolate, licorice, coffee, its all there. Tastes of alcohol present in the finish. Damn Good!!
lil-dabz99 (54) - Lake Linden, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not a big fan of this kind of beer but I must say this stuff is really good.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 I"ve been workign on this rating for the last 2 weeks and now that I"ve finished all the Expedition I can get I"ll do this. Nose is like rocking Germania after a 48’ night, just incredie. Slight Alcohol, Chocolate and more Flavors then I know to mention, complete roller coaster ride. No flavors are slight, they only seem that way in relation to everything else. Coffee, candy, molayses, maple syrupy, a bit of soy, chocolate, hopped to the moon. Pure Bliss
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2000
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 ravishingly rich, choclate/roasted/ coffee/alcohol aroma that could bring a man to his knees. thin brown head and midnight black body. starts out soft then the alcohol hits followed by extreme roasted coffee. the hops come out in the finish along with sticky bitter choclate that turns more milk choclate over time. stays in your mouth forever and keeps changing. this IS my favorite beer and Bell's is THE best American brewery! $55 a case is an absolute steal, buy lots and keep it around for special occasions or when you want your mind blown!