37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a light tan head. Creamy, roasty, chocolately aromas. Roasted chocolate flavors which are very, very smooth. Very drinkable beer.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with a small amount of caramel colored head. Aroma is of faint hop, molasses and strong malt (yummy!!). Flavor is of molasses, vanilla, and slight to small hops ending and faintly dry. Sampled at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If all of the gods of all of the religions made a stout, this might be it. I rate this the best of all of the Bells beers Iíve had, or of all the beer Iíve rated probably... Vanilla aroma, pours reddish/black with tan head around the edges... not as opaque as some of the Bells beers, or other stouts. Flavors of coffee and vanilla. I guess I could see how this is a seasonal beer (probably would not rate as high in the summer)... but by the fire, or as a dessert beer, this might be hard to beat. The Kalamazoo is very good, the expedition overrated in some aspects, this is underrated by a long shot.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Nice aroma of dusty sweet malts. Palate is fluffy and light and way way WAY too drinkable. The flavors are of dark sweet malts, some light cocoa, and maybe a hint of toffee or hard caramel. I found the flavors to be on the sweet side as the beer finishes somewhat tangy or tacky from a lack of bitterness. Very delicious indeed.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, thin chocolate head. Sweet smells. Great in all aspects. Dark coffee, milk chocolate, and roasty taste with clean creamy finish. Mouth not too heavy, and 6.1% nowhere around. Good swirl is reminiscent of flavored coffee creamer or like french vanilla and chocolate wafers.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a clear very dark brown almost black with a solid tan head. The nose is driven by roast, chocolate and dark caramel. I get a lot of coffee, come dark chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the finish. The palate is medium light and disappears fairly quickly. Itís good but it doesnít begin to measure up to the other Bellís beers Iíve had.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a foamy khaki head. Rather odd milky aroma ... not much else but I think the beer was still a bit too cold. Flavor of coffee, toffee and molasses with a tingly bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel with a tingly carbonation underneath. Quite nice ... but the weird milk-like aroma was a tad off putting.
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was like boozy chocolate milk! Nice taste throughout. Very sweet and creamy! I could drink this forever
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweeter, more subdued version of Kalamazoo Stout. Not much in the way of hop bitterness, and the malt profile is also less aggressive in comparison to the Kalamazoo. Still, this is an enjoyable stout and easy to drink.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is sweet, slight roast, but mostly shades of chocolate. Palate is medium, sticky and tantalizing. Flavor is creamy sweet that becomes bitter chocolate and lasts in this direction. Definitely not a single note sweet stout. This is enjoyable in its depth, but also relatively simple and session-worthy.