jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Pours an opaque black/brown with a thick, dense, creamy light brown head - perfect. Beautiful roasty, mocha aroma which picks up a subtle smokiness and malted milk balls as it warms. The flavor is a lovely mix of roasted malt, dark toasted grain/caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, mocha and hops. Thick and rich with that perfect level of sweetness and prominent, but not astringent roastiness. Mouthfeel is very full, round and ridiculously velvety/creamy - perfect. Great head retention, thick lacing left on the glass. In my opinion, this is the best stout money can buy. Why? Because itís a breath of fresh air against the multitude of weak, clear and painfully boring stouts. Proper appearance, aroma, sweetness, roastiness, hoppiness, mouthfeel- even the artwork and packaging is superior. To top it all off, itís very drinkable. A total masterpiece. Words cannot express how happy I am that this is now available in the DC area.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another wonderful product from the people at Bells. Pours a dark ruddy brown/black with a large tan head that leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Light roasted chocolate aroma. Less aroma that I think it should have IMHO. Flavor was roasted malts and burnt chocolate throughout with the hops barely discernable in the finish but incredibly clean finishing. No, itís not the Expedition Stout but it is a wonderful brew that I am sure Iíll enjoy over and over.
Ungstrup (29226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is of coffee and bitter chocolate - lovely. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter from coffee notes and bitter chocolate notes combined with hints of smoke. A really great beer. Thanks to Mads Berg for sharing this jewel of a beer.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is mostly chocolate with a little nuttiness. The taste was quite a bit sweeter than I expected. Very smooth, very good.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red/black. Pours with a tan-ish head. Very crisp and dry with high elements of coffee. One of the standards.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opague and good-looking in an Ommegang goblet. Smells like dark-chocolate (just a little). The description says molasses, but itís barely, barely there when chilled. At room temp itís quite noticeable. Also creamy milked-coffee smells. Mouthfeel is creamy but thin, taste begins chocolately, with almost a tinge of rock-candy sweetness, delves into a roasty middle, and finishes cleanly with a hint of coffee. This is good. Reminds me of Troegs Oatmeal, but with more compelxity and not as a good a mouthfeel. Easy-drinkiní stout.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Delicious to say the least. Thick, dark and sweet, with a perfect finish. I donít know if itís just me, but this tastes like slightly burnt popcorn, covered in chocolate...mmmmmmm. Agreed, it's a bit thinner and not as complex as the Expedition, but I like it more.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pour black small brown head with very little lacing. aroma was a very pleasant sweet chocolate, carmel and molasses, my nose said thank you.got a nice coffee chocolate taste with a taste of raisins. end with the right amount of bitterness for me
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful sweet stout. Very thick and black. Pours with thin head. Feels very heavy with a thick mouthfeel. Strong coffee tones. Pronounced barly and and chocolate as well.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown-black color with tan head. Intense toasted aroma. Tastes of chocolate, coffee...smooth finish.