bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Picked this bottle up for $2.50 at some store I had never been to before. This was the blackest liquid I have ever seen. My roomate and I were shocked as it poured into the glass. Not much carbonation at all in this beer, but i dont think it needed it. solid overall. I am pretty new to the really strong beers and the alcohol in this one seemed a little too overpowering.
Rerate: This gets better everytime I have it. Within a year it will be near the top.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 good dark thick rich potent beer but done well.alcohol is present but also is easy to drink good after taste and well worth the price not sure what year it was but it did not matter
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a six-pack of these when on a business trip in Michigan (I sure as hell can’t find these in the 6% wasteland of Alabama). Wow, slow, syrupy pour with a black color topped with a dark brown head. Big complex aroma reminiscent of molasses, dark chocolate, and some dark maltiness. The mouthfeel is smooooth with a faint fizzy dancing on the tongue. The taste is choco-dark coffee-licorice with an alchohol edge to it. There is a lingering bitterness that hangs around for a while. Again, nicely smooth and it’s nice to have a stout that’s not wack-you-in-the-face COFFEE flavor. This is well-balanced and quite an exceptional beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Snifter at Eccentric Cafe Aug 2007 - Aroma of dark brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is dark chocolate syrup with roasted malts, vanilla, dark brown sugar, molasses and a little fruitiness (plums, raisin, prune). Palate is creamy and smooth for such an intense brew. Alcohol was well hidden but still warming. Do not pass this up on draft if you see it.
Original rating 7/4/8/4/17=4 from 3/11/2006 - 12oz - Batch 7205 - Aroma is subtlety rich and deep. Chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, and alcohol. Pours oil slick black with no head and little lacing. Flavor matches aroma with an intense blast of roasted malts and cream. The alcohol is strong and hot. Palate is sticky and tart. This is a fresh batch and I’m looking forward to next year when the alcohol has mellowed.
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I first poured this beer, I could not believe it. Being a bit of a virgin to Imperial Stouts, I was caught off-guard by how black and thick this beer was. I could have sworn there was an actual delay from when I tilted the bottle until it oozed out into the glass. While I maintain the motto “I fear no beer”, I have to admit to some apprehension as I peered down into the black gooey concoction that was Bell Expedition. The first sip, as I expected, was very strong and a little on the bitter side. The second sip however was delicious. I am supposing that the beer clung to the inside of my mouth like it clung to the side of the glass and somehow supplanted my taste-buds better judgment. The flavors were a mix of raison, cocoa and malt. The flavors were balanced and worked well with the heavy texture of the beer. A nice mix if you can get past the first palate clearing sip.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just a huge, classy, but muscular Imperial Stout. Pours inky black and as thick and viscous as year old motor oil. Develops a thin slick of a deep tan head. Luscious, rich aromas of roasted espresso beans, dark semi-sweet chocolate, molasses and a faint smokiness waft up from the snifter. The palate is near perfection; syrupy thick and oily with a restrained minimal level of carbonation. This is the mouthfeel all big Imperial style beers should attain. The first sip is a life changing experience. Intense flavors of melted dark chocolate and espresso are initially noted followed by a pleasing molasses/maple syrup/dark fruit sweetness. The finish shows off a subtle presence of the alcohol to warm things up with a late palate appearance of a hefty hop bitterness to cut down the sweetness of the immense malt profile. An amazing, close to perfection beer. One that shouldn’t be missed.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An unbelievably thick, viscous pour produces an impenetrable black body with a head that strains to form like a bubble in a tar pit, holds for a second as a short, brown cap, then collapses quickly under its own weight to remain only as a film. Rauchbier smokiness greets my nostrils and I’m pleased. Meaty roasts & soy make me salivate as my mouth expects a meal, not a beer... and a meal is what I get! (A rich and thick dessert, anyway.) Nearly the consistency of fresh latex housepaint, the flavor starts with a Hershey’s syrup start, coating the mouth with chocolate before deep, espresso roasts slowly drag behind and linger. (Some swigs begin too heavily sugared, but not to the point where I’m put off.) Raisin and plum emerge in the aftertaste as a fruity complement to the rich flavors. Simply gorgeous in all respects.
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swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark silky tan head, roasted coffee aroma with minimal head. thick sweet chocolate palate that is perfectly balanced for the size & style of this pour. poured this at about 65 degrees and it was great. got better as it warmed up to room temp. at room temp the coffe & chocolate was up front but balanced very well.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #100. Bottle, batch 6811. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, smoky malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is initially of sweet chocolate fruitiness, with a nice mellow smokiness on the way down the throat. Some hops throughout. A very balanced, complex beer, that keeps getting better every time I drink it (and definitely is at its best quite warm). One of my top 5.
pintbypint (3076) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #500, bottle from HogTownHarry. 355ml brown bottle. Deep brown black colour, oily, small trace of fine mocha coloured bubbles appeared on the surface, but soon vanished. Very rich aroma, coffee came through at first, then hops, then chocolatey malts. Full, thick, viscous body coats the mouth. Very gentle carbonation. Huge flavours - it is at first sweet, then coffee/roast malts and chocolate appear, lingering bitter hops in the finish with some warming alcohol. Flavourful, bold, but still manages to be balanced and very drinkable.