Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to share this one with peteinSD (big thanks as always!). 750ml Bottle No. 964 of 1081. Pours black like motor oil with a thick look and a small tan head. Nose was more subdued than I expected with the Bourbon and wood present, but subtle and mixed with hints of coffee and dark fruit. The flavor profile of this one will make you a believer, incredibly well balanced and complex with nothing out of place. Essentially it tasted like a well aged, more creamy and slightly less bitter version of the Expedition which in my opinion is the best six pack stout ever made. The vanilla and caramel from the barrel shows up in the flavor with excellent layers of over ripe fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. Enjoyed the bitterness that was always lingering in the background without interfering with all of the other complexities of the beer. Perfect heft on the palate for the style with a slightly creamy texture and a light carbonation. Finished with a fantastic blend of wood and malt that left me craving another sip. I could probably actually finish an entire 750ml of this and still be enjoying it at the end which canít be said of every big barrel aged beer. Another classic stout from Bells.
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cracked open at Billís big stout tasting (thx greatly). Poured a dark brown body with a thin cocoa head. Nose is roasted coffee and chocolate, with a oaky bourbon aroma. Taste is molasses sweet with some dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Decent body with light carbonation and a creamy rich mouthfeel on the finish. Very nice stuff from the folks at Bells.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I deleted my previous rating of this from a couple years ago b/c it was a small hand bottled sample and this time I had a quarter of a 750 to delight my taste buds. Thanks Ryan for hooking this up. It did not disappoint. Super black, super creamy, bourbon is upfront but its sweet and delicious and melded so well with the expo and double cream stouts. yummers.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 On tap... the pour was the expected black with a tan head. Aromas were fantastic, like brownies with cherry and charred vanilla in the mix. As for flavor, it was plenty roasted with a solid cocoa bitterness. Finishes with hints of bourbon and oak with a subtle vanilla sweetness. Pretty good stuff here, but perhaps a small bit of it is just hype.
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my good trading buddy in the great state of Michigan - thank you Sean! Black pour with an expresso tan head that fades and easily reappears with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is medium bourbon with vanilla and coconut and a roasted malt character. Taste is smooth bourbon followed by layers of dense, earthy malt with the signature bitterness from the Expedition Stout. Taste also presents with coffee, chocolate, roast, and more bourbon through the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Exceptionally well balanced and drinkable. Very impressive beer.
ryanfolty (2013) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Date: March 9, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: mibirder Description: Opaque jet black pour with nice head and lacing that just sticks to the glass. Aroma is lactose, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood and faint bourbon. Taste is woody, vanilla, and a nice mild bourbon finish. Silky smooth, creamy and medium to full bodied. Thank you Sean for such an amazing beer! Bottle number 965 of 1081, batch 10136.
BVery (7472) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2013 Bottle. Unbelievable. Crazy dark with a super coating brown head. Nose is wood, lactose, and chocolate. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is milk chocolate, wood, and light whiskey. Amazing.
2011 vintage. Bottle #965 of 1081. Batch #10136.
Just had this biz-nitch on tap, holy crap. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Stoopid good!
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is licorice, coffee, and a little chocolate. Taste is more licorice, alcohol, molasses, sweet, and chocolate.
magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From notes: Tap. Dark and rich, with a nice tan head. Looks and feels creamy and thick. The best of Expedition without too much sweet from the cream stout blended perfectly, and amazingly well complimented by the bourbon notes. One of the best beers I've ever had!
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Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good, dark, smooth. Wish it was in bottles. 11.5%. Dark but very tasty. Imperial stout. Smooth after taste
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