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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
This black bear has a very large tan head that stays until the end of the beer. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is coffee and chocolate, and malt. A heavy palate. Like syrup with a palate similar to the expedition but with minimal complexity. I get the feeling this is rated as high as it is because it has the Bell’s name. As for the style, it seems to have the one dimensional qualities of a porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
It looks good, tight head with tiny bubbles sitting on top of an opaque brew. Sip lines were left on the glass. Particles of the head remained at the last swallow. It was slightly bitter, not smooth. It seemed somewhat less than full-bodied. There didn’t seem to be any qualities that stood out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 thick dark brown nearly black pour with a thick tan head. Nice smooth creamy texture. the scent was mostly of cofee and hints of hops (i think) or maybe something else that I just could’nt quite make out. Flavor was strongly of roasted coffee & malts w/ a bit of a nutty undertone... hints of hops with no real bitterness... a very well made beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brucebeacher (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Lovely dark and creamy tasty beer. Flavour of chocolate and malt with a slightly creamy texture. NICE!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2004
poured out dark. hints of malt, chocolate, nutty, and coffee all swirling around in the nose. tastes all similar but alot more mellow then i expected. almost to the point of being creamy. nice stout, but its really gotta stink to be SO outshined by your bigger brother (expedition).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 nice fullbodied stout...strong toasted flavors...has chocolate and coffee characteristics, with a solid roasted backbone...add hints of caramel...a perfect palate, and another gem from Bells; i love how creamy it was

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2004
My favorite stout --but then again I’m not a stouthearted stoutian. This is more hoppy and zippy in the Kalamazoo fashion. It doesn’t just taste like baked oatmeal with ham drippings stirred in. Not too frothy, either. You can actually start drinking it right after you pour it. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Black. A truly exceptional aroma hits the nostrils and causes immediate drooling in the mouth. Notes of coffee beans, deep chocolate, roasted malts and cocoa in the nose. Rich, full flavored, deep roasted malt profile, containing notes of coffee, molasses, a slight hint of anise, deep chocolate, cocoa along with a lingering finish of coffee and flowery hop bitterness. . Medium bodied and creamy as hell. Can they make excellent stouts or what?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
This beer rocks, straight up! Dark as all get-out, opaque blackish brown. Huge bubbly head of deep brown. Tawny edge to it, with toasted malts, choco, toffee, oatmeal and a cranberry (?) zing to it. Goes down extra smooth with a tiny touch of bitter-sweet. Pour me another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Aroma is coffee with sugar and cream, chocolate and toasted, almost burnt malt. Ebony, and a cappuccino head, with the consistency of simmering oatmeal, (it’s that thick!) Flavours are coffee, dark chocolate, brazil nuts and liquorice. Full bodied, deliciously bitter. A real treat! Thanks wohlfs and rudolf!

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