Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent stout, definitely a benchmark for stouts. Aroma was a little off...sweet beef jerky almost? I dont know what to say. Typical stout characteristics but done very well. It had an excellent bittersweet finish. yum!
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A fantastic stout. A rich dark roasted flavor with strong bitter chocolate accents and a wonderfully velvet smooth feel and prolonged finish.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Larry’s beers never come up short. This beer is ’bustin’ out’! The only problem is getting a hold of it! Excellent.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black color, which was well appreciated. Chocalate and oat nose, with strong roasted malt flavor, a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a nice bitter malt finish. One of the better Bell’s beers.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 Nice slowly settling head on a jet black body. Huge coffee/caramel aroma mixed with aromatic hops. Burnt/chocolate taste that is slightly different with each sip. Smooth mouthfeel. A beer that needs much swirling and slow sipping for sure.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Struck me as more of a porter than a stout. Strong coffee smell and flavor. Handsome appearance and head. The only problem was the acidity in the taste that I didn’t much care for. My first Bells beer and hopefully not my last.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a big beer, make no mistake. It took me 3 bottles to figure the rating. This brew pours a solid black with a creamy, mostly
lasting head the color of creamed coffee. The lacing is good. The complex nose changes
several times as the brew breathes (which I would highly recommend unless you prefer
your beer to smell like Band-Aids and medicine while you drink it). When first poured
heavy malt dominates with notes of strong coffee. Resin and flowers make up the hop
end, with soap, spice, anise, cola and alcohol bringing up the rear. As the Band-Aid and
medicine smell dissipate, pleasant caramel remains. The flavor improves GREATLY as the brew
warms. If consumed cold the flavor walks a thin line between robust and harsh. As it
softens, the rich complexity develops. A sweet fruity/flowery spiciness is at the front with a long roasted bitter black coffee
finish. The full body has soft carbonation and coats the tongue like cough syrup. The
finish feels astringent and somewhat chalky. Not for pussies. The Expedition Stout must be INSANE.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
tad strong. Chocolate and coffee flavored malts do the trick here.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer from Bells. Smells like coffee and chocolate. A few of these will get you buzzed on a warm day.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is definitely one of Bells’ best beers. Outstanding chocolate, coffe flavors and good hop balance. Sometimes the alcohol comes through a little strong, but somehow that doesn’t seem to matter.