37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a light tan head. Creamy, roasty, chocolately aromas. Roasted chocolate flavors which are very, very smooth. Very drinkable beer.
shawnmurphy (186) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-ounce bottle pours black with ruby hues. Moderately dark-tan creamy head. Aroma: molasses, raisins, dark chocolate. Flavor: raisins, figs, dates, molasses, smokiness from roasted black patent malt, espresso latteí. Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy from lactose.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with a small amount of caramel colored head. Aroma is of faint hop, molasses and strong malt (yummy!!). Flavor is of molasses, vanilla, and slight to small hops ending and faintly dry. Sampled at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
mmather (185) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice classic cream stout. As Colonel Potter said, "Not enough oís in smooth to describe this one" The roastiness is there, but subdued and lots of flavor here. One of the few stouts that I could use as a session beer.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If all of the gods of all of the religions made a stout, this might be it. I rate this the best of all of the Bells beers Iíve had, or of all the beer Iíve rated probably... Vanilla aroma, pours reddish/black with tan head around the edges... not as opaque as some of the Bells beers, or other stouts. Flavors of coffee and vanilla. I guess I could see how this is a seasonal beer (probably would not rate as high in the summer)... but by the fire, or as a dessert beer, this might be hard to beat. The Kalamazoo is very good, the expedition overrated in some aspects, this is underrated by a long shot.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Nice aroma of dusty sweet malts. Palate is fluffy and light and way way WAY too drinkable. The flavors are of dark sweet malts, some light cocoa, and maybe a hint of toffee or hard caramel. I found the flavors to be on the sweet side as the beer finishes somewhat tangy or tacky from a lack of bitterness. Very delicious indeed.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, thin chocolate head. Sweet smells. Great in all aspects. Dark coffee, milk chocolate, and roasty taste with clean creamy finish. Mouth not too heavy, and 6.1% nowhere around. Good swirl is reminiscent of flavored coffee creamer or like french vanilla and chocolate wafers.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a clear very dark brown almost black with a solid tan head. The nose is driven by roast, chocolate and dark caramel. I get a lot of coffee, come dark chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the finish. The palate is medium light and disappears fairly quickly. Itís good but it doesnít begin to measure up to the other Bellís beers Iíve had.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a foamy khaki head. Rather odd milky aroma ... not much else but I think the beer was still a bit too cold. Flavor of coffee, toffee and molasses with a tingly bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel with a tingly carbonation underneath. Quite nice ... but the weird milk-like aroma was a tad off putting.
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweeter, more subdued version of Kalamazoo Stout. Not much in the way of hop bitterness, and the malt profile is also less aggressive in comparison to the Kalamazoo. Still, this is an enjoyable stout and easy to drink.