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RATINGS: 2226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
It pours opaque black with a very generous, long-lasting sticky tan head in my fin du monde glass (great with stouts I find). Aroma displays very creamy malt, I could have believed this was a milk stout. Roasted chocolate and burnt coffee grains complement the sweetness. Very round and full mouthfeel, creamy. Particularly low carbonation. Alcohol hint accompanies the restrained bitterness in the finish-> alcool which I thought should not be felt at all in a 6.5% beer with all that roasted malt. Once again, this stout got this milky aspect that I came to dislike when combined with an almost still mouthfeel. It feels, not unlike a wine, just dead in the mouth despite all the licorice, molasses, chocolatey flavors from the dark malts. Well done, but still severly overrated to my tastes and definitely nowhere near as complex as expedition. Smooth, yet ultimately close, but no cigar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Great tasting Stout. Love the texture and value in the taste. Very poundable stout. Buzz was not reviewed due to contamination by Expedition and Purkunoís Hammer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 Umm, I cannot, repeat, cannot see through this. There is a very minimal amount of ruby at the edges, beautiful tight brown head. Sweet-roasted aroma, some chocolate, coffee, a bit of hops. Very smooth, definite roasty quality in the taste, hops then coffee then back to hops. Some charcoal as well. Dry finish. In the mouth it is thick and silky. Definitely feel the alcohol in my chest, very pleasant. Glad I can get this easily!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Pours an opaque black/brown with a thick, dense, creamy light brown head - perfect. Beautiful roasty, mocha aroma which picks up a subtle smokiness and malted milk balls as it warms. The flavor is a lovely mix of roasted malt, dark toasted grain/caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, mocha and hops. Thick and rich with that perfect level of sweetness and prominent, but not astringent roastiness. Mouthfeel is very full, round and ridiculously velvety/creamy - perfect. Great head retention, thick lacing left on the glass. In my opinion, this is the best stout money can buy. Why? Because itís a breath of fresh air against the multitude of weak, clear and painfully boring stouts. Proper appearance, aroma, sweetness, roastiness, hoppiness, mouthfeel- even the artwork and packaging is superior. To top it all off, itís very drinkable. A total masterpiece. Words cannot express how happy I am that this is now available in the DC area.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Another wonderful product from the people at Bells. Pours a dark ruddy brown/black with a large tan head that leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Light roasted chocolate aroma. Less aroma that I think it should have IMHO. Flavor was roasted malts and burnt chocolate throughout with the hops barely discernable in the finish but incredibly clean finishing. No, itís not the Expedition Stout but it is a wonderful brew that I am sure Iíll enjoy over and over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (31416) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is of coffee and bitter chocolate - lovely. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter from coffee notes and bitter chocolate notes combined with hints of smoke. A really great beer. Thanks to Mads Berg for sharing this jewel of a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is mostly chocolate with a little nuttiness. The taste was quite a bit sweeter than I expected. Very smooth, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Very dark red/black. Pours with a tan-ish head. Very crisp and dry with high elements of coffee. One of the standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Opague and good-looking in an Ommegang goblet. Smells like dark-chocolate (just a little). The deScription says molasses, but itís barely, barely there when chilled. At room temp itís quite noticeable. Also creamy milked-coffee smells. Mouthfeel is creamy but thin, taste begins chocolately, with almost a tinge of rock-candy sweetness, delves into a roasty middle, and finishes cleanly with a hint of coffee. This is good. Reminds me of Troegs Oatmeal, but with more compelxity and not as a good a mouthfeel. Easy-drinkiní stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Delicious to say the least. Thick, dark and sweet, with a perfect finish. I donít know if itís just me, but this tastes like slightly burnt popcorn, covered in chocolate...mmmmmmm. Agreed, it's a bit thinner and not as complex as the Expedition, but I like it more.

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