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RATINGS: 1829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 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. RERATE: I have tried this repeatedly over the years, and I should note that I think my early exuberance for this beer is slowly fading a bit. My palate has become jaded by a tidal wave of imperials that leave the more subtle complexities of this beer gasping for air. So if I had to be totally objective, I probably would lower this rating. And probably fairly significantly. But in this case, nostalgia rules the day, and I shall leave my initial, now almost 12 year old rating, intact in all its glory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
Roasted coffee chocolade aroma with a hint of butter. Lovely buttery roasted taste. Light bitter burned aftertaste. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
A very creamy, carbonated stout. Good roasted, sweet flavors. Nice dessert beer, as advertised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4857) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Strong cocoa nose. Brown head with opaque body. Cocoa, vanilla and nice linguring chocolate and coal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Dark, roasted coffee and cream in the aroma, with a hint of lactose, toffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Opaque ebony color, bottle-conditioned, with a settling, tan head. Rich, roasty and darkly sweet malt flavor, plenty of cocoa, some molasses and caramel, and finishing with a light dose of hop bitterness. Exceedingly smooth mouthfeel. A quality stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2003 pours black, big beige head. creamy, chocolate wafer and coffee aroma. roasty flavours, with chocolate chip cookie-ish malt flavours, mild mocha finish.

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