beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a super dark brownish black with some deep ruby highlights and a tan head that faded fast leaving little tiny bubbles along the edge and skimmed along the top.
Smell is espresso coffee, a very deep roasted malt with some chocolate and sweet notes.
Taste is crazy coffee/espresso deep roasted malt tone with all sorts of sweet, bitter, tang, produced from a chocolate malt of some kind. there is some herbally fruitlike hops floating around on the back which was a nice surprise. Its full, rich, heavy, and silky smooth and packed with nice coffee/choclate flavors that are a bit overpowering at first in the bittersweet department and took some getting use to, but once it settles in, its fantastic. Makes for a great dessert beer and conversational piece to share with friends. If you like coffee in any form, this is a must try, and if you like highly flavored stouts this is must, must try.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 After being blown away by the Expedition Stout, I was expecting another good stout. Looks impressive with its deep brown body and fluffy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee reminded me of coffee ice cream. Crisp and slightly effervescent with medium fullness. Unfortunately the flavor of this stout tastes like that time when I accidentily drank coffee grounds that were floating in my cup. This is rather unpleasant in my opinion. Like stale wet coffee grounds. I may not even finish this one.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Pours very good dark coffee like beer with medium head, malts are rich and long lasting with hops on the tail end making this beer wonderful brew day or night. Fninsh has that burnt aftertaste (a good thing) and rounds out very well. A well made brew from Bell's.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love coffee stouts. Yummy,yummy, yummy. Thick black liquid with a dark brown head. First smell is of coffee and malt. The taste is a perfect match. I could drink this stuff all day
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark, deep brown. Creamy, tan head with some staying power. Some large sediment as well as a little carbonation. Terrific roasty coffee bean aroma. It's the same as the whole coffee bean aisle at the grocery store, not the weaker aroma of brewed coffee. So, being that I like beans better than brew, the aroma of this is fantastic IMHO. The same roasty coffee aroma carries into the flavor, finally I found something that tastes like the coffee beans smell. If you like Founder's Breakfast Stout, you will probably like this.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 To me, the aroma didn't appear to be right, lots of ashy roasted coffee beans, and oddly some rotting vegetables? I liked the first part of the aroma i mentioned, but not the second aspect. I dunno if ot was a bad bottle, but the palate didn't suggest it was. Palate is quite smooth, roasty and ashy, decent, with quite pronounced bitterness, interesting and innovative, but I don't think this quite worked.
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ta once again to mcdufus. looks very nice indeed - very dark brown with beautiful creamy lightbrown head. the smell was pretty weird, like something was wrong with it - may have been a dribbling of new glarus belgian red left over from the previous glass mingling weirdly, i dunno. fortunately the taste bore no relationship to the aroma. nice and burnt, very very smooth, maybe too smooth. fatty, sweet body and grainy coffee. not real complex or interesting, but drinkable, once you get past the toilet duck aroma.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black black black. Head small but very creamy and soft. Aroma, damn I'm in the minority here, this just didn't work. Smells like coffee, and that's about it. Cold coffee. Somehow, cold coffee just doesn't do it, aroma-wise. Flavor is definitely more interesting and complex than the aroma leading to it, coffeeish to be sure but also bitter chocolate, nuts and some orangey hoppiness. Carbonation just slightly on the high end. A disappointment in relation to the rest of Bells products, but overall solid.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very bold & roasty aroma. This stout was definitely a cut above, as far as stouts go, IMHO. Delectable, well-done. Trying to get off caffeine seems a little bit impossible with this tempting me...
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Rerate... Very tasty... traditional Bell's flavor with sesame seed flavors and nice dark coffee flavorings.