heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body is black with a thin and light orange head. Seemed to pour like pancake syrup. The aroma is rich with coffee and some dark chocolate. There is also some oak goodness with some sweet caramel. The taste an amazing mix of dark chocolate and coffee. There is some oak dryness and a little bit of caramel sweetness to balance it out in the finish. This tastes excellent, but I want a little less roasted character. The mouthfeel is amazingly slick and creamy. Like the consistency of good hot chocolate. This is a very well done beer. Thanks for the traded beer, OhioDad.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where to START? Wow, as I looked upon a black body of creamy liquid, I noticed its charcoal head that lasted but a while. Its nose was of coffee, fruit, nut, burbon, wine qualities, and much more. Mouthfeel was creamy and creamy to say the least, like their expidition but better. Flavors included the starting with coffee, then the introduction of port and burbon sensations, mingled with cream and candied malts, follwed by a swift kick of alch with a perfectly balanced beer. I will find this beer again and store it for my cellar pleasure.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Iíve got a 12 pk of this, so it better be good (10/05)! Pours thick! Auburn Brown to Black. Nice frothy head, though it dissipates quickly. Charcoal, chocolate, sharp coffee. Good. Light carbonation, creamy (thatís a fact)! There is some overall sweetness that I wonder, will it fade with age? Bourbon, red wine, dark chocolate, espresso, perhaps some fruit (cherries?). This is a mighty beverage! Youíve got some powerful malts in there (dominant) as well as potent alcohol. This can only get better, and itís good now! DO NOT drink this any colder than red wine temp (55 at coldest). I will continue to try this every 6 months or so and report back.
WOW has the aroma improved. I opened a bottle last night and the aroma was great! Well blended coffee, chocolate, candied fruits, hints of tobaco...Just wonderful. The flavor needs a bit more time and Iím comfortable wtih my initial 8 rating. I moved the aroma from a 6 to a 9 though. (2-6-07).
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 this is the evil, more nasty, twin to Bellís Expedition stout....wonderful imperial appearance as expected...black in color with reddish brown small head....wonderful lacing as expected; aroma is of roasted, almost burnt, malts w/ coffee and dark chocolate notes...flavor is of the same with a touch of molasses and raisons....there is a quite an alcohol "bite" to this beer...
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black color with a large cascading creamy light brown head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Complex heavy molasses and roasted coffee aroma. Full body with creamy texture. Full flavor with a long duration finish with no alcohol bite. Very good and interesting brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich near black body with a hint of orange through the liquid as it is poured. Dense light brown head that settle ot a thin lid and lots of lace on the sides of the glass. My second bottle and and the nose seems different this time, but its just likely the expectation vs. knowledge type thing. Heavy hops pulse through the nose. Grapefruit, lavender, stewed prunes and a touch of alcohol in the aroma(9-). I am catching qualities of Anchor OSA and HotD Adam. Thick and smooth feel that is a touch too thick in the end. Flavors of pine and juniper with a mild citric flare. Lightly sweet, with light caramel, blackberries and sweet licorice. Finish is quite bitter and slightly prickly. Linger has a rich espresso and mildly burnt malt quality. The balance is quite adequate at this time to be drinkable, but I can see the hops mellowing and the malt complexities increasing expediently in the future. A few of these will be forgotten about in the rear of my beer cabinet.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark brown body, thin ochre head. Looks like the Expedition Stout at first glance. Roasty, chocolatey aroma with a hint of vanilla, plum, grapefruit rind, soy, bitter hops notes, and alcohol. Quite complex but a bit harsh too. The body hits with big, bitter, rindy hops (grapefruit, pine), with chocolate and prunes/plums dancing underneath the stomping hops chorus. Becomes fruitier and raisiny as it warms to room temperature. Bitter, bitter finish with a definite alcohol bite. Pretty rough palate for the time being, with a diversity of flavors that havenít quite reached harmony yet. Oily and inky. My overall impression is that this is a sort of "black barleywine" combining the characteristics of Batch 6000 and Expedition Stout. This is a good beer to cellar for awhile. Heck, Batch 6000 is still a bit harsh on the palate two years after its bottling.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderately thick pour and impenetrable black in color. A once dark tan head has left a sparse web in its place. Aroma has all indication of an impy: deep, dark rich chocolate, roasty, burnt almonds, singed bark, scant trace of ABV and pervasive cocoa espresso. Flavor heavily zings. Like a bitter espresso oil spill. Next sip, and it zings again, imitating a lick from a French roast press. Delinquent dark chocolate twirls from the flames and happily wreaks havoc on the palate. This bitch is rich. Burnt breakfast toast adds a new layer of nuance, closely followed by yet another, this time in form of blackened oats clinging to the sides of Calphalon. Oily blanket and bitter unfoldings on the palate. Amped up and ready to play with a prolific hopping profile. Finishes like maple and brown sugar oatmeal that took liberty in its preparation by substituting espresso for water. A spawner of adjectives in its present youthful form, and destined to take on additional descriptors over time.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I bought this as a farwell to Michigan. I think this is the first stout Iíve tasted in 7+ months. Very dark with a really creamy and long lasting head. Tastes bitter sweet with a great smoothness on the finish with a hop bite as well. Had trouble finishing the bottle -- just wasnít used to the boldness on an Imperial Stout. Nice.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle served in my Expedition snifter:
Pours much like the Kzoo Stout, extremely dark with a beautiful creamy tan head and very good lacing. The aroma displays a interesting mix of heavy roasted and burnt malts working with a lot of citric and fleshy fruits. The piney hops are noticeable as well as some earthy and alcoholic vapors. The taste starts quite malty and earthy but quickly a bold statement of PNW style hop bitterness come pushing through. The beer has a components of mocha, coffee, plum, anise, molasses, and clove coming in and out through out the tasting. Much like Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, you will find this a hoppier version on a style. The feel is equally interesting, one part smooth and thick and one part lively and crisp. Nicely warming as well after finishing the glass.
I salute Bells for making a stout different from itís siblings. It isnít Expedition but could age to equal greatness. GET YA SOME!!!