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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2004
A pretty good stout. Wasnít too strong which made me enjoy the flavor a little more. Nice dark appearance with very liitle head. A very good beer here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4918) - 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 Bellís 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 didnít seem to be any qualities that stood out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - 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 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

   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 (2312) - 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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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?

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