Syd (920) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a deep black with a big brown head with very good lace. The aroma is lactic, very roasted, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet, roasted, lactic, sort of like a beer milk shake or a coffee cooler. The palate is as thick as Canada Balsam Fir sap. Overall, very nice.
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer came in a brown 12 oz. bottle. When poured into a standard pint glass, the body was black with brown tones. The head was rich and creamy and khaki in color. The aroma was very roasty with strong black coffee being the prominent smell. The taste was robust with bitter coffee, burnt toast, raisins, and unsweetened cocoa powder. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation. The aftertaste was dry and slightly peppery. Very nice and drinkable stout that has an amazing depth of complexity to boot. Many thanks go to Ninjaworm of beeradvocate.com for this bottle in trade.
IndianaRed (2372) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Bottle Pours black with a small deep tan head that quickly disipates. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma is a nice nutty molassas and chocolate. Flavor is dark malt, wood or grass, some bitter sweet chocolate and a healthy hops kick. Feel was smooth and heavy, especially after it warmed up quite a bit. Trailer is a fairly bitter hops and grassy bite.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampling this beer has truely convinced me that Bellís owns the stouts. Each of their beers is unique yet true to the styles in which they represent. Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a small chocolate head. Nice creamy nut and sweet molasses juice. Wonderful bitterness to balance the sweetness. Bells is really a great brewey.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black body with a light brown head. Lots of lacing in the glass. The aroma is nutty with some toffee and a littel bit of molasses. The moutfeel is medium. Tastes slightly sweet with notes of peanut butter, caramel and some coffee with cream. Very delicious. A great stout.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good stout. The expedition was good, but was almost a little too much for me. But, this is much more drinkable and enjoyable. Of course it is opaque black. Lots of coffee flavor. Very well balanced. A very good beer.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn nice stout. Iím constantly amazed by the breadth a quality of Bellís lineup and admittedly have passed this one over in favor of their hoppier offerings. I prefer the double cream stout, but thatís just a personal thing. Of their regular offerings, I think this is better than the pale, porter and amber by far.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black beer with a brown head. ITís got a large malty chocolate aroma with some dark fermenting fruit and even a little burbon aroma present. Itís a very robust flavor. There is much coffee and chocolate as well as a coco flavor and chalky feel that have seperated themselves from the large amount of chocolate. After a while some oak becomes noticable as this smooth creamy beer finishes well.
Kevin (2069) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours black with a fat tan head. strong coffee and caramel aroma. rich chocolate and coffee flavor that finishes smooth and leaves a thick flavorful bouquet of malted chocolate, a damn fine stout.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Coloring. Tan Head. Roasts.. Coffee. Bitter Chocolate. Creamy on The Tongue. Wonderful Stout. Would Keep This Around.