islay (1542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bellís Black Note: Approximately 2 oz. pour on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis on 9-15-12. Wonderful aroma. Rich, complex taste features chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors with a dry finish. Medium to full body. This is a very good beer, and probably the best I drank at the festival, though I have had multiple superior imperial stouts in the past. 9/4/8/4/17
ElGaucho (2308) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2012 1119/12 re-rate. Draft at Busters on 28th. Vanilla strong again. Some oak but in the background. Black body with beautiful tan lace. Lovely. A little dry. But refreshingly NOT black licoricey. Creamy, vanilla oak with subtle bourbon notes. 9/16/12- ABR. vanilla notes and cocoa nibs in the nose. Hint of smoke or it could be the D bag smoking next to me. Engine oil consistency. Warming. Awesome.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lucky enough to enjoy this several times, usually small samples and, even when handbottled, traveled and then shared, this stout keeps itís complexity. The bourbon doesnít overpower and itís thick, richness is mouthcoating and stays bittery chocolatey for long after swallow. Nose is vanilla and a little more chocolate than regular expedition stout. Iíve never really been able to tell if each batch was different or if this batch just keeps aging and getting passed down, as each sample Iíve gad over 3 or four years has been rich, complex and fiery fresh.
TheGB (570) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with almost no head. Light aroma of bourbon, dates, chocolate malt. Fantastic taste with well balanced bourbon flavor and layers of malt, cream and hops. Does have some sweetness from the cream stout. Nice palate too.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Golden Crust
Aroma- onslaught of bourbon, lactose, chocolate, roasted notes, vanilla, licorice
Appearance- obviously black, thin white head
Taste- super sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, cream, bourbon, oak and other barrel qualities, slight roasted finish with more sweetness from the bourbon
Palate- good body, nice silky residue left behind on the mouth
Overall- World class brew for sure. For some reason it took 3-4 sips to become acclaimated to my palate, but it was worth it in the end. Very smooth and expertly blended.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Sheffields. Black pour with almost no head. Aroma bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste follows suit with vanilla, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Thick palate. Fantastic beer.
Martinus (3893) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, mocha, Liquorice allsorts (Engelse drop), vanilla and quite some bourbon. Flavour roasted malts bitterness, some sweetness, alcoholic bourbon. Vanilla and light wood. Quite creamy. Finish liquorice, bourbon, mocha and chocolate.
(From 75cL bottle @ 3e GBF, shared by tderoeck. With a big thanks to BoBoChamp!)
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle during RBWG) espresso milk chocolate brown, few bubbles. Nose of vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, graham cracker, and fudge. Taste of fudge, graham cracker, cream, bourbon, pretty rich, nice linger, a bit ashy, and thick body.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a slick looking cola brown with spotty bubbles.
Aroma: Strong boozy whiskey, chocolate, fresh herbal note.
Taste: Mild burnt roast , whiskey, char. Dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: This is a beer I thought I would never get to try because of how hard the midwest was hoarding this beer. Iím glad I did, but the hype on this beer didnít come close to my enjoyment. I just want to be honest, this is how I approach the super hyped, highly sought after beers. My expectations get raised. Maybe itís not fair to the beer?
I love Bellís Expedition, I love big Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts, but I donít think this particular one comes close to my top 3. This reminded me of Big Skyís Ivan The Terrible for me, which was good, but not a slam dunk. Iíve heard itís awesome on tap, so hopefully one day I can revisit. I surely wonít be trading my cellar for it.
mikem409 (1859) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Bottle fro. General store. Pours medium black off white head. Aroma if roast malt chocolate and dried fruit. Barrel taste is faint sweet lots of chocolate
Re rate from 12 ounce. Nose is big barrel and vanilla. Taste is super complex coconut, fig and roasted wood with rum raisin yet super smooth easy drinking love this so much more.