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 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.
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!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Syd (921) - 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 (978) - 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 (2865) - 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 Bell’s 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.