baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Really nice light brown head and lacing on this pitch black brew. Aroma of burnt chocolate, caramel, and yeast (bottle conditioned). The beers sweetness is amazingly balanced with the bitterness of thehops and the flavors of the malts. Finishes with the bitterenss of baking chocolate. Thanks to hopsrus I had this great beer from Bell's...
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this beer poured as black as sin. Another one in which no light is getting through this baby. If formed a nice huge bubbly dark tan head and left some nice lace. It had an aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and roasted barleys. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. It has a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. Some elements of it remind me of an imperial stout, but it is lighter and sweeter. Another good beer from Bell’s.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A superior stout. If I want a great stout this is the one.
Racegoer (344) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, searched high and low for these brews, & found them,dark,coffee,chocolate, sweet,complex, not as good as the Kalamazoo Bells Expedition Stout ,though still a winner, Recommended !
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Deep deep creamy coffee, chocolate and oily hops comprise a rich and eminently satisfying beer. 4/7/05 notes: didn’t remember the woody ash flavors they parallel the sweet molasses/chocolate providing a good balance. My old palate score was spot-on, this is a wonderful feeling beer to sip on.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is decent. Worth trying if you like sweet stouts, but I like a little more substance to my stouts.
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Bottle (09/26/2012 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, mild coffee, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and tar. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nice stuff, a solid rendition. Short of extraordinary for me, but almost there.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma! Heavy chocolat and roasted. Black, brown head, very good lace. Roasted, chocolat flavor, sweet, could use some body. Long lasting coffee and bitter finish.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like most of the Bells beers, this one is very nice but overpriced. As good as this beer is, there are many others that I consider to be just as good for a buck or two less per six pack.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black w/ a big tan head. Nice roasted flavor. Very rich. Lots of chocolate on the palate