JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma of apples and malt. Black, no head. Flavor of coffee, apple, and an herbal taste. Kind of thin. Finish of mildly bitter hops.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark. Smells sweet. Chocolate and fruit. Bitter chocolate, burnt marshmallow, toffee flavor. Hops finish. A nice stout but could be a little smoother.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Like the Expedition, but drinkable, oh so drinkable. Pitch black with a perfect tan head that lasted through the entire beer. Pinpoint carbonation. Aroma doesn't climb out of the glass to meet you, but lingers, inviting, with definite aromas of chocolate and pine. The flavors roll through the mouth, spruce in the beginning, followed by loads of semi-sweet and milk chocolates. As it warms, the spruce fades, and black cherries begin to emerge. I wish stuff like this was brewed in my area.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 This is still November of 2002’s. Good looking stout, dark brown, opaque, with a somewhat frothy head. Aroma is very much of chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, burnt, and somewhat bitter, almost like the unsweeten chocolate used in cooking. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as you’d expect for the name, slightly thicker than a porter. Finish is somewhat bitter. Good Stout.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted coffee chocolade aroma with a hint of butter. Lovely buttery roasted taste. Light bitter burned aftertaste. A really nice beer.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very creamy, carbonated stout. Good roasted, sweet flavors. Nice dessert beer, as advertised.
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with ruby hints and a tan head. Aroma of coffee & chocolate liqueur. Creamy mouthfeel, flavour is roasty and sweet and fruity (cherries, dark grapes), finish is dry and slightly bitter.
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 (1/1/08, 12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari) Small tan head atop cola brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast/coffee, light vinous. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, coffee bitterness. Smooth medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)
(Brickskeller Bells 10/03) Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is creamy, rich, coffee, chocolate, tobacco. Taste is coffee, light chocolate, light sweet. Medium body. (8/3/7/3/14)
(WCC2003) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, medium sweet, some chocolate. Taste is rich, coffee, light chocolate, medium bitter. Full body, fairly creamy. (8/4/8/4/16)
CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Strong cocoa nose. Brown head with opaque body. Cocoa, vanilla and nice linguring chocolate and coal.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had from bottle on July 17th, 2003 - Day 17 of Blake's Beer Month™
Great stuff - today I cracked open three Kalamazoos - the Double Cream Stout, Expedition Stout & Cherry Stout - of the three, this was my favorite. The beer pours DARK black with a small, light brown head. The aroma, as with most stouts is of strong coffee and a slight sweetness. The flavoring is amazing - coffee, chocolate, fruits, malt, vanilla, it's all there. Finishes smoothly with a little alcohol on the tongue and a very slight bitter flavoring. Great stuff - better than the Expedition in my opinion - but both are great beers. Not as sweet as the Cherry, not as strong as the Expedition - the perfect middle ground!