willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10.27.04 12oz bottle compliments of jsquire. Black licorice color with dark brown, lasting head. Aromas of hot cocoa with cream, hazelnut, slight coffee roastiness. The palate is quite thick and creamy, not at all sticky like an oatmeal stout might be. Espresso flavors with double shot of hazelnut sweetness, vanilla, woody, too. As usual, an outstanding stout from Bells/Kalamazoo. The aftertaste is sublime. Sorry to see it go at the end of the glass.
JK (4861) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 Bellís name. As for the style, it seems to have the one dimensional qualities of a porter.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 didnít seem to be any qualities that stood out.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 couldínt 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
brucebeacher (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely dark and creamy tasty beer. Flavour of chocolate and malt with a slightly creamy texture. NICE!
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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).
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite stout --but then again Iím not a stouthearted stoutian. This is more hoppy and zippy in the Kalamazoo fashion. It doesnít 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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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?
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!