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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Black with a thin head and big bubbles. Dark, oily alcohol nose. Vanilla, with vinous acidity. I found not much flavor and too much pucker. Maybe my bottle was a little old, but it wasnít that old. Bellís have many better stouts than this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2003
This beer pours a very dark color with a small head and moderate lacing on the glass. It smells sweet but very strong of barley and yeast also. The taste was sweet as well, but a little too sweet. This is definitely deserving of the name stout. It is very strong tasting and not for the faint hearted. It was more enjoyable than many other strong tasting beers I've had, so I have to give it good marks for that. The pungent taste stays on the palate for quite some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (5476) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
limited sample. Burnt aroma dominates. Completely black, low creamyhead. Somehow I couldn't really become friends with the flavor profile, all I got was a burnt wood taste which stopped at a surprisingly light body and petered out into a ashen aftertaste. I don't know, must be me or the small sample....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Iíve had better batches of this beer, but this is the one Iím rating so, here goes. Seems a bit oxidized and overly harsh. Not nearly as smooth as youíd think it should be. I prefer expy or Kalamazoo to this one. Maybe its sat on the shelf for a while..not sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
Pleasant, sweet chocolate aroma with just a hint of saltiness. Opaque dark brown with decent tan/brown head that recedes to cover. Chocolate flavours up front with some roastiness in the finish and a lactic sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is never noticable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A straight-forward if plain example of the style. Bottle (trade Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnsofistaCat (230) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 I was just telling my psychologist how I used to force grasshoppers to eat things when I was a kid. (Just kidding about the psychologist). Grasshoppers create this weird tobacco spit-froth while they eat. I suppose these are things you learn when you spend long summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Anyhow, this stout reminded me of, yes, grasshopper spit. Very dark with not much of a head. Very sticky. I could detect some alcohol in this one. Nice faint smell of roasted malt and molasses. Smooth down the pipe. Real smooth. Iím embarrassed to admit this might be a little too earthy for me personally. Nice hop flavor on the front, backed up by pure malt. Great finish. This is well done. Just a little bit over the top for my wimpy tastes. Added after finishing: Slight nose of a camp fire. This is also a tad on the sour side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Aroma is heavy coffee and mollases and some chocolate, but nutty also. Body is black with ruby edges with a quickly dissapating mocha head. Taste is coffee, with a bit of alcohol sweetness, cocoa, light hop background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head on top. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Flavor is pretty light and watery with hints of chocolate and roasted malts coming in. The beer finishes dry with a espresso/coffee taste lingering. I wish the beer had a more robust taste throughout instead of just a hint right at the first sip. The beer definitely tastes as if it can have a potential but unfortunately falls a little short.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of coffee, sour milk and dirt is not too appetizing. Pours black with tan head, small and with a little lacing. Cream is right! Mouthfeel is almost like milk. Still a little sour tasting, but a good effort. THis is 4 of 4 of my Bellís stout-fest. Iíd rank them 1) Expedition 2) Java 3) Double Cream 4) Cherry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours deep black with dark brown lacy head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is mostly roasted malt but finishes with traces of coffee and caramel. Nice brew overall, but lacking something.

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