jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black w/ a deep brown head. Great brew. A perfect example of the style. Tons of malt, chocolate, and alcohol.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Illinismitty for this one
12 oz. bottle. Aroma was all malt like they say. Black body with chocolate head and lace was a blanket on the glass. Full bodied beer here. Chocoale, rich with a little sweetness. Barely even noticed the alcohol content. Great beer.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black like engine oil with a huge, thick,creamy dark chocolate head and lacing that hangs in sheets on the glass.
Aroma is sweet roasty malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. flavor is rich and thick. Bitter chocolate and roasty malt, coffee and caramel with a rich, bitter sweet finish
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís hard to not want to give this beer a perfect score, alas I must refrain. Pours a syrupy inky black with reddish tinted tan head. Nose is divine rich chocolate with some bitter coffee notes. Some alcohol notes lie in wait under all the other aromas. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Immense bitter sweet chocolate overwhelms as subtle sweetness dances around on the edges of the tongue. Thick and robust with a well balanced finish.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle hand marked 04 so....? Thanks to my brother (Vac) for sending this one. Poured an ink black with the darkest brown head Iíve seen yet. Big aroma of a freshly made chocolate milk shake right after it was poured. After it settled the aroma was roasty, coffee, sweet chocolate, and light grain with a slight hint of an alcohol background. Excellent!! The flavor was roast, coffee, and sweet chocolate. A slight bitterness in the ending with a coffee aftertaste. FULL body with a creamy texture. Kind of sticky on the lips. Wow, true a great after dinner sipper! Thanks Bro!!
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Hellomynameis - many thanks. I compared this side to side with a Rogue Imperial Stout. Jet black with a big brown head that clings to the glass but settles pretty quickly. Big aroma of roasted malt, molasses and some floral hops I believe. A truly wonderful smelling beer. Thick and rich with a gloriously smooth feel. Even after all of that, the flavor does not disappoint. Caramel malt, and the usual coffee and bitter chocolate flavors are nicely complimented by a drying, grapefruit hoppy bitterness at the end. A beautifully balanced beer, living up to its well deserved reputation.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Hop Leaf. Pours thick and oily with an amber/brown head. Sweet malts and roasts permeate throughout the aroma. These follow through to the taste along with molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and espresso. The alcohol is completely hidden. At first, I thought this might be a bit too sweet, but after having a couple over a few weeks I have grown to like the sweet backdrop. Complex and fantastic.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Roasty aroma, earth, wood, sweet. Dark dark brown/black. Brown head. Bitter flavors, roast, bitter hops, not overly complex. Itís a full, syrupy body, the lacing on the glass lasts almost indefinitely. I would like to try an aged one, as I understand it gets more complex over time. I enjoyed how hopped this beer is, I enjoyed the earthiness to it, and the good amount of roasting, but I have to admit, it didnít blow me away. Still, itís a great beer! Thanks to Doppelganger for giving me one!
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, batch 6811. I finally found a beer I rate as high as my beloved two Hearted Ale from the same brewer no less, wow, they make good beer. Pours double shot espresso dark with a small light brown head that quickly diminshes with good lacing. Opaque, light will not penatrate this. The scent floating to my nose reminds my of roasted molasses, smokey oak aged burbon, the hops shout a you and the malt is fighting it for attention. Theres a lot going on and my nose canít take it all in. This is a full bodied beer, be prepared. It has a creamy almost syrupy texture with a soft carbonation. A perfect beer to sit and listen to your favorite album (yes vinyl). On to the best part the flavor, yum. Malt sweetness first hit, then some alcohol. The hops start kicking in to balance the initial sweetness then your palate realizes there a whole bunch more going on here. Smoke flavors, soft chocolate, subtle grape, roasted grains, caramel, espresso and even vanilla more than I can take. It just gets better as it breaths and warms. You are aware of the alcohol but would not guess itís over 11%. This is the best Imperial stout I have ever had, complex and yummy. Hats off to Bellís!!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bellís Expedition Stout pours to an ink black, dark as midnight, opaque, color, this beer is as black as shoe polish. The head is big, tan, thick, and creamy. The nose on this beer is stunning. TITANIC malt aromas and hop aromas flood the nose. Big roasty and chocolate malt aromas marry with aromas of black licorice, and peppery waves of alcoholic strength. If that is not enough there is HUGE hop aromas as well. Bellís Expedition has two times the malt of their Kalamazoo Stout, but has a whopping five times the hops!! The hop aromatics in this beer, are so fresh, piney, and citric. It does battle with the malt for your nostrils attention. Now for the palate. AMAZING. Huge malt flavors of chocolate malt, roast, coffee, expresso, licorice, toffee, and vanilla coat the tongue. The body is as big as mother Russia. This is a rich, hefty, lush body, very viscous, like motor oil. The finish. As incredible as the start. Big chocolate malt, expresso, licorice, and roasted malt flavors lead into a big, long, dry, citric, hop bitter finish. At five times the hops, and Bellís loves hops, this beer has to be 100 IBUís. The finish is very warming as well. Bellís Expedition clocks in at about 10-11% abv, this is some potent stuff.
Words can not do this beer justice. One has to experience a beer like this. I know it was worth a trip to Michigan for me. As stated, this is an amazing beer. It is rich and complex, with just layer, after layer of flavors. A beer as decadent as this should be sipped and savored. If you want to match this with food, only desert would do. This would go perfect with a big thick slice of death by chocolate cake, dark chocolates, and chocolate pudding.