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This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
Very dark beer. No light comes through this one when it gets held up. It has a deep tan head which leaves fairly quickly. Little aroma detected other than some light malt scent. The taste however is incredibly roasted. It is almost charred in character. There is a subtle sweetness but mostly what I taste is a deep dark malt. Friends noted that it reminded them of a dark coffee. Very drinkable, heavy but smooth. A great example of a good stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours an opaque black/brown with red hints. The head was thin but chunky with an off brown color. The aroma had plenty of toasted and burn malts, some ash and sharp hints, as well as some root aromas. The body was very interesting in that it was creamy and fluffy as well as being lite and a bit watery, very odd combination. The flavors were big on toasted malt, and smores came to mind a few times (gram cracker, charcoal, and coco hints). Not a bad brew but nowhere near their expedition stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Great thick pour. Smells are wafting at me from a foot away. Aroma is heavy laden with molasses and oats. Also smells of burnt rubber with some cinnamon. This rating is somewhat of a tale of two temperatures. The first 4 oz. or so, I had the beer at about 35 degrees. It wasn’t anything special at that temp, so I let it warm to about 50 degrees, and the difference was night and day… Hence, I continue… Great, full body. Caramel coffee edge, semi-sweet chocolate and toffee. Hints at black licorice. There’s a discernable dry bitterness left on the back 1/3 of the tongue. It’s slippery but dense, and prolongingly diffuses, making its presence known by peeling slowly off the palate. Solid stout. Not the second coming of Christ, but it’s good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2005
12 oz Bottle. Dark as night with a thick, creamy, tan head. Roasty coffee/dark chocolate aroma with a hint of hops and maybe a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is big and roasty with plenty of hop bitterness. The bitterness from the roast and hops lingers in hte mouth. Very thick and chewy. Very smooth as well. One of the better stouts out there, although to me it is more of an export stout than a sweet stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yuhasz (23) - USA - MAR 25, 2005
A good stout, but too strong for me. Excellent aroma, smells like coffee and chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
a sweet smokey aroma. dark black color with tan head. complex flavor with roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate. nice sweet molasses hint as well. a good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Batch 6613: Burnt molasses really overpowers the aroma - as well as a liquid smoke aroma. The body is roasty and smooth - with more smokey overtones and a dark chocolate base. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Wonderful. Delicious. Bells knows Stout. This is highly recommended in conjunction with the Expedition stout. One advantage is that its alcohol character is not at all overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Sweet aroma of chocolate/caramel and malt. The tast agrees - VERY smooth. My girlfriend even liked & she does not drink stouts. Excellent mix of chocolate/cofee/caramel (with the caramel taking the lead) and nutty roasted malt. I thought it was a little thin, but it drank just right. Great finish with the best parts of the taste lingering. [$7.99/6pk]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
aroma explodes with chocolate, malts and molasses also make an appearance. the pour is jet black, with what i would consider alot of head for a stout beer...about a 1/4 inch of dark brown creamy topping. alot of milk chocolate in the flavor, tailing off too som raosted malts and expresso flavors. nice thick rich creamy body, a totally full mouthfeel. the first sip was a little bitter, but it smoothed out alot as the glass warmed a bit. i don’t know where i would stand on which bells offering is better (this or expedition) except in the line to get more of either one.

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