Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours out black with a brown head. Smells nice. Rich malty flavor, coffee aroma with coco in the back, hoppy start with a nice smooth finish. I had the expedition stout first so this is good but can’t touch the expedition.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out a pitch black with a slow forming head that works its way up to about an inch and a half of brown foam. As the head recedes down to a smaller on that lasts throughout rings of lace are left decorating the glass. Picture perfect looking brew here nice head good lace, what more could you want. Strong aroma with roasted coffee and dark chocolate coming out the most. I was able to smell this as I was pouring it. Taste is similar with a bitter coffee flavor up front and a slight earthy hoppiness as well. Slight bit of cream to the flavor before it ends in a lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick with a medium to full body. Great drinkability as this went down very easy and I would have had another if I had it.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with tall light brown head. Rich dark coffee. Very creamy with excelent mouth feel. Toasted with roasted chocolate flavor. An excelent beer.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as any good stout would a very thick nice brown head laces the glass as you drink it. Fantastic aroma of toasted malt and coffee. Flavor is just like it smelled. Very toasty coffee goodness abound in the flavor. Some dark chocolate comes through and sweetens it up a touch. The palate is very smooth and creamy for a stout and just bitter enough at the end to let you know it is a stout. Better than a great cup of coffee very smokey and enjoyable. Fantastic and drinkable stout. Bell’s never disappoints! This is not quite the expedition stout, but still a very good drink!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A flavorful toast and nice chocolate greets your nose at first, pouring reveals a black stout easing into tan foam. A generous full body, lively drinking brew.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of csbosox: Black body that appears dark brown when held up to light, small, tight light brown head that fades to a small creamy ring. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Full bodied, creamy, somewhat oily and sticky, medium lively carbonation. Taste has a lot of roasted dark malt, some bitter bakers chocolate, light coffee, and caramelized sugar. Finishes with some roasted bitter malt notes and just a hint of sweetness. A great bottled stout.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Balck body medium brown head. Roasty smell. Bitter coffee coupled with creamy chocolate flavor. Nice body with almost no waterness. Slightly smoky and delcious. NIce coffee finish. This beer is good throughout.
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is almost like an Imperial Stout....in fact, I can hardly tell the difference. Pours black as night with a tan head with lots of lacing.
Taste is medium bodied with a roasty front end and chocolatey finish. Very nice....but I swear it’s almost identical to the Expedition Stout.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. maybe if i would have tried this before the Expedition Stout, i would be more impressed. Nice dark pour, tan head. well balanced of chocolate and coffee. above average stout, but not in my top 10
SourKrause (3) - USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honostly...not a real big fan of the stout beer. However...i can certainly see how a stout drinker would enjoy this beer. Very dark, creamy, strong tasting beer.