davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty, coffeish aroma. Black in color with thick big chocolatey head. Taste is pure coffee, very intense! This paired well with dinner tonight. I had a grilled black bear steak that a friend of mine killed in northern Minnesota. Also paired well with the chocolate brownie I had for dessert. I'd like to try this with scoop of vanilla ice cream in the glass!
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep black body with no real head. The aroma is of pure espresso coffee. The flavor is of darkly roasted malts and very strong coffee that lingers.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Espresso (!) aroma with a chocolatey head. Wow! Bitter coffee flavor, as well (like iced coffee). Not as watery as iced coffee, though. It has some mild creaminess in the flavor, as well (very light). Balanced by a slightly rich, sweet, malty flavor. A good beer. Very interesting.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout has, as you'd expect, a great aroma, and it really delivers on taste. Hoppy, with molasses and chicory flavor, it's dark, smooth, and slightly tangy. The coffee is mild and bitter, though at a couple of moments it reminded me more of coffee candy than the brew itself. But I'd definitely leap for another bottle if I came across one!
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.