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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 So, I had this on tap. It poured to a thick rocky brown head atop a dark black body. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, cream, rich roasted malts. The palate is creamy, thick, and dry. The flavor is hugely chocolate and roasted coffee malts.
Resampled on 1/7/06 from a bottle. Still as good as ever. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
color is black with thin layer of dense foamy head, umber in color. aroma is roasted toasted chocolate malt, a little vanilla and tobacco too. mouthfeel is very creamy, carbonation is lively. flavor starts silky with smooth roasted malt, a little chocolatey, but goes to a more smokey and hoppy finish in the back of the palate. dryish finish. this is a great stout, someone trade me an expedition now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Black, opaque with a dark, tan head. Maple, molasses, rich, sweet, and tar-like intensity in the aromatics (some ash as well). Flavor matches the aroma but a solid bitterness and hop flavor encourages drinkability. Alcoholic heat and a plummy, earthiness make for a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Thanks CaptainCougar! This one pours pitch black with a solid tan head and nice lacing. The aroma can only beer compared with sniffing a carton of chocolate milk. This defines smooth. A velvety chocolate and mocha flavor. This is awesome! Bells makes the best stouts hands down!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours out like motor oil. Very dark with brownish head that diminishes to about 1/4". Taste is of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish is creamy and slightly dry. Lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Pitch tar black pour, with limited tan head. Sweet and salty aroma of almonds, burnt chocolate, and figs with sea salt. Super strong roasted coffee and chocolate, backed with earthy and fruity notes of pears and apricots. A little touch of grass in the background. Oats and caramel show on the back end. Palate is salty and a little oily, smoothing out on the way down, but leaving a dry and somewhat unsatisfying smack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
had this one right after sam adams cream stout and I must apoligize to sam for pitting him against such strong opponent, nice and smooth with a nice strong chocolate mocha flavor. slight bitterness to the finish, but mostly a strong nice roasted flavor with a fantastic full body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 7, 2005
This pours out black with a brown head. Smells nice. Rich malty flavor, coffee aroma with coco in the back, hoppy start with a nice smooth finish. I had the expedition stout first so this is good but canít touch the expedition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours out a pitch black with a slow forming head that works its way up to about an inch and a half of brown foam. As the head recedes down to a smaller on that lasts throughout rings of lace are left decorating the glass. Picture perfect looking brew here nice head good lace, what more could you want. Strong aroma with roasted coffee and dark chocolate coming out the most. I was able to smell this as I was pouring it. Taste is similar with a bitter coffee flavor up front and a slight earthy hoppiness as well. Slight bit of cream to the flavor before it ends in a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick with a medium to full body. Great drinkability as this went down very easy and I would have had another if I had it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Dark with tall light brown head. Rich dark coffee. Very creamy with excelent mouth feel. Toasted with roasted chocolate flavor. An excelent beer.

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