ILoveNewBeer (113) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has a little bit of a coffee taste that is common to stouts. It has a good frothy head to it that leaves fairly quickly compared to other beers. The froth a a mildly bitter flavor to it that is quiet enjoyable.
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head fading to a strong lace. Good oak notes balance bittersweet chocolate. Strong velvet cream mouthfeel.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours heavy black, labors out of the bottle. Frothy, dark tan head on the pour but little head lingers and the lace slides down the glass.
Smells sweet, licorice and molasses with some coffee. The malt lingers subtly under the other scents. Smells like a roast-enhanced syrup.
Chewy beer. Roast is the primary taste with sweet edges. Chocolate, molasses, with a licorice tinge. Dry aftertaste.
This beer is most notable for its thickness. Chewy, malty, mostly roast flavor with sweet edges. Tastes more of a high abv beer than what it is.
It becomes smoother and roastier as it warms.
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee. Appearance is black, cloudy, frothy head. Taste of medium bitterness. On the palate full body, creamy, long finish. Overall a good beer.
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice stout, similar flavors to the kalamazoo and expedition but a little lighter bodied smoother and sweeter, not nearly as bold and complex as expedition but enjoyed it as much, or more, as the kalamazoo.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted flavors dominate the aroma and the taste, complemented by chocolate. It is medium to full bodied. The carbonation is excellent - the bubbles are just right on the tongue. Slight bitterness, very smooth. A great stout.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small tan head that goes quick. Aromas of coffee, cream, cocoa and a nice burntness. Flavor is slightly bitter up front from the coffee and slight hop bitter. Finishes with a nice coffee/cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is very oily. Overall a pretty solid beer.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Insanely roasty toasty. Lighter and with more acid edge than the Exp or Kalamzoo. yum
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma boozy coffee roasty. Lactose makes it sweet for sure, little sour bitter finish. Great smooth full body mouthfeel. Good middle and excellent finish the aroma and inital taste through it from above 4 for me. Would be a regular drinker for me if I could get it.
gonzo46and2 (108) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was second of three Bell’s stouts I’ve just tried. This has a very powerfull aroma of dark roasted malts with notes of coffee. I couldn’t help but taste a bit of overly burnt bitterness that wasn’t only from the hops. This stout is average in my opinion.