katrinaez (2024) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Never would guess honey. Smell a sweetness, and taste it, but only know it is honey cuz the deScription said so. It is a great beer though. Sweet scent, with bitter malts to balance. Dark black color. Medium to low carbonation. Taste is mellow toasted malts and barley. Some hops, a bit of boozy hits at the end. Full mouth feel that lingers. Tap. smroush (281) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Aromas of molasses and nuts with a touch of chocolate. Very malt dominated, hops are definitely in the background.
Small light brown head, dark brown colored beer.
Fairly heavy sweetness, moderate bitterness.
Full bodied, long finish of nuts, molasses and chocolate with some heat from somewhere.
Overall there are a fairly complex, diverse set of flavors which I like. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Draft at hy-vee. Pour is deep dark brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, light tobacco, and light alcohol burn. Flavor is roasted malt, light tobacco, and light alcohol burn. Just like it smells. Not overly complex. Not getting too much maple or honey. I really like bells stouts, this is not my favorite though. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, some earthy bitterness, the maple and honey are subtle and do add some sweetness, but this presents as another roasty imperial stout, medium body, decent. phaleslu (10277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Draft at Ei8ht Ball, served in a flight. Pours a deep opaque brown with some amber highlights at the edges and a small khaki head that laces the glass while settling into a ring and a very thin island of film. Notes of dark chocolate, earth, tobacco, pine, and some light maple and honey sweetness. But those are subtle. Medium-full bodied, with a really smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. It’s big and balanced...and kind of dull, honestly. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t pop like I’d hoped.
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2016
On draught DialSquare (5034) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours basically black with a small but well retained head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is roasty and lightly sweet with some vanilla and dark fruit. It’s got a rich malt character all around with a whole bunch of roasty espresso like aromas.
The flavor is well within the proud tradition of Bells lineup of big stouts, lots of roast, plenty of bitterness, a nice mild hop character.... this one is sweeter than Expedition for sure with more dark fruit and dark sugar. It’s got caramel but it’s got bitterness to balance it. It comes across as bigger than 8.4 abv, but that’s not to say that it’s unnecessarily boozy.
Big, rich, bitter, and balanced. Just fine.
On tap at Giant Eagle in Grandview: blackish pour, brown head. aroma of sweet, coffee, roasty, maple. tastes are roasty, chocolate and maple. light and easy drinking, just a little background warmth. good, but just doesn’t pop for me. might have been a mood thing. eaglebones (105) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Draft. Black with thin beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Medium body and carb with nice alcohol warmth. Sweet but nicely balanced by a little bitterness. I get vanilla and licorice notes. This is a wonderful stout. stevec (27) - Galena, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Provided courtesy of TR. Growler from the brew pub. Pours thinner than I anticipated, but still very dark. Aroma and flavor were great, palate was decently long. Great beer, something different from the expedition stout and quite enjoyable. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Very much on the roastier and hoppier side for the Bell’s stout family. A nice changeup, and slightly lighter than some of their other big beers. Not bad.