Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black, thick, and greasy looking with a HUGE dark brown head that settled down to a big coffee ice cream looking deliciousness...huge coffee nose, with a hint of Nestle Quik as well...beautiful...huge bitter coffee flavor...really really really...bitter espresso finish...didnít find to much chocolate in the mouth of this one...pretty good though!! Thanks to eboats!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very good. Wonderful coffee and chocolate aroma, with a dark almost black colour. The head was huge and really stuck around. The taste was bitter coffee with a very nice balance of malt. Really, really nice stout.
Pailhead (6493) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is light coffee and chocolate. Pours a dark brown, virutally black, with a big tan head with decent retention. Nice roasted coffee flavor with a nice balanced chocolate maltness. Black coffee bitterness in the finish. Nice stout.
Odeed (1801) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
once again,bells does not disapoint.black body with a creamy/lumpy head.aroma is top notch with a combination of coffee and chocolate.the flavor is great!loads of coffee,some roasted malts,carmel,malts,and milk chocolate.this is the best sweet stout i have ever had.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Black with a beautiful dark brown head. Has a strong chocolate and coffee aroma that resembles a chocolate expresso. The flavor is dominated by sweet chocolate with a nice touch of slighty bitter coffee to compliment it. Has a wonderful creamy mouthful that leaves the mouth satisfied.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a halo of an off-white head. Aromas of Roasted nuts, chocolate, espresso and a little hay. Mouthfeel is medium bodied wih a creamy finish. Flavors chocolate, caramel, a slight charcoal-y roastiness and again, espresso. Very nice for a sweet stout. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had to double-check to make sure I wasnít pouring from a bottle of Bosco, this stuff poured out so thick and dark, dark brown. Then I remembered, Bosco doesnít have a head, and this has a thin, dark brown head... for a while. The aroma is heavy with coffee, chocolate, and perhaps a hint of licorice. This is a very creamy drink. The taste is roast coffee and chocolate and caramel and maybe even a hint of sweet malts. Has a dry coffee finish... and leaves your lips sticky.
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty good stout. Wasnít too strong which made me enjoy the flavor a little more. Nice dark appearance with very liitle head. A very good beer here.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10.27.04 12oz bottle compliments of jsquire. Black licorice color with dark brown, lasting head. Aromas of hot cocoa with cream, hazelnut, slight coffee roastiness. The palate is quite thick and creamy, not at all sticky like an oatmeal stout might be. Espresso flavors with double shot of hazelnut sweetness, vanilla, woody, too. As usual, an outstanding stout from Bells/Kalamazoo. The aftertaste is sublime. Sorry to see it go at the end of the glass.
JK (5856) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2016 This black bear has a very large tan head that stays until the end of the beer. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is coffee and chocolate, and malt. A heavy palate. Like syrup with a palate similar to the expedition but with minimal complexity. I get the feeling this is rated as high as it is because it has the Bellís name. As for the style, it seems to have the one dimensional qualities of a porter.