I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite sweet and very complex stout. Not quite as good as the Expidetion Stout but better than most of Bell’s other stouts.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well I’m usually a big fan of the ’Zoo. But I couldn’t really understand where they were trying to go with this ’sweet’ stout. It is smoky for sure, just like their porter, but somehow less enjoyable in this. Sure there are other qualities to this like chocolate and coffee but the smoked taste is a bit too much for me. I’ll go for their Expedition or if I want a little more sweetness, Sam Smith’s Oatmeal is hard to beat.
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle- pours out an absolute opaque black, with an incredible syrup-like thickness. Head was almost nonexistent. Aroma was dark fruit and bog. Amazing pallet, thick and smooth Sweet and bitter at the same time, a very complex flavor mix includes cherries, toast and caramel. Rich, defines a stout.
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one’s aroma is overwhelming with coffee. There is a clarity of this note, but no dynamics, which means it smells like coffee and nothing else. The tan head never forms fully, even if aggressively poured. The brew is black. The taste is more than just that of coffee, but barely so. There are vague hints of chocolate and nuts, but just that. It is robust in that coffee flavor and it is to be appreciated for that. A bit carbonized on the palate, the brew is heavy and filmy, though it does not take away from it. This stout is enjoyable and well done, but of a singular hook.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I could mix this with my Cocoa Puffs in the morning. Great flavor...wonderful aroma. Glad I have 4 left.
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is creamy coffee with a little chocolate. Flavor is a mix of light coffee and chocolate at first, with a chocolatey finish. Nicely done.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a 2 finger dark tan creamy head. Smells of sweet chocholate. Exactly what the bottle says, creamy. Chocholate, little coffee, with extra creamer. Medium mouthfeel, wish i had some hersheys to go with it.
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 I’ve had, or of all the beer I’ve 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.