Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Yes, searched high and low for these brews, & found them,dark,coffee,chocolate, sweet,complex, not as good as the Kalamazoo Bells Expedition Stout ,though still a winner, Recommended ! DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Deep deep creamy coffee, chocolate and oily hops comprise a rich and eminently satisfying beer. 4/7/05 notes: didn’t remember the woody ash flavors they parallel the sweet molasses/chocolate providing a good balance. My old palate score was spot-on, this is a wonderful feeling beer to sip on. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
This is decent. Worth trying if you like sweet stouts, but I like a little more substance to my stouts. Ernest (7917) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Bottle (09/26/2012 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, mild coffee, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla and tar. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nice stuff, a solid rendition. Short of extraordinary for me, but almost there. jbrus (4988) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2002
Great aroma! Heavy chocolat and roasted. Black, brown head, very good lace. Roasted, chocolat flavor, sweet, could use some body. Long lasting coffee and bitter finish.
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Like most of the Bells beers, this one is very nice but overpriced. As good as this beer is, there are many others that I consider to be just as good for a buck or two less per six pack. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Jet black w/ a big tan head. Nice roasted flavor. Very rich. Lots of chocolate on the palate Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Roasty cocoa espresso nose, coffee bitter choclate taste. Full and deliciously smooth. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Re-rate 11/4/02:One of my favorite beers and a staple in my beer 'fridge. Pours out to a beautiful dark color in the glass with a light brown head that looks so good you want to eat it. Taste is that of roated malt, with a very substantial, but not too overwhelming hop presence. The swallow begs for another sip. A wonderful beer.
Outstanding!! So thick you could chew it...nice molasses taste!!! howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Fantastic bittersweet chocolate taste and a near perfect body. Beautiful, almost intimidating appearance in the glass. Black liquid covered in dense, rocky, brown foam. This one would scare the hell out of those who think that Guinness is "thick". Excellent.