Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, pitch black, roasted malt and coffee flavor, thanks Hopscotch for sharing this with me....very nice.
NachlamSie (3193) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 bottle. Sweet Jeebz, thatís black. The head is dark brown and the lacing is an oily, bubbly film. The nose is aggressive of espresso, bark, earth, and strong alcohol. Thick, dry palate of espresso, chocolate, and not-so-sublte earthy undertones. The alcohol is apparent, but no so much as in the aroma. How is the finish so much like espresso? Analysis: Expedition is a thick, robust monster of a beer.
[Feb 17, 2008]
How is this beer so black? It strongly resembles motor oil as it glugs out into the snifter. Superb head retention on this one. The head is the same color as the body of some other stouts. The aroma is thick and complex with raisins, chocolate, espresso, overall very roasty and sharp with commendable balance. The mouthfeel is heavy, to no surprise of mine. Flavor is damned roasted with a wash of espresso in a bittersweet smoky/caramel delivery. Nips of hickory and dark chocolate show up. This is very, very full, savory, and gracefully bitter. Thank you, Bells. I will be buying this every year if I can. $15.00 a sixer is well worth the quality of this product. Actually. . . thatís cheaper than many imperial stouts that are available in bombers, come to think of it.
[February 27, 2008]
Bottle in a blind tasting. Good old Expedition held up pretty well against some other impies. Had the most full, rounded coffee presence with excellent sharp roastiness, mild earthy tones, great espresso impression on this one. The mouthfeel was certainly the heaviest. As excellent as this was, I had to take away a point because it wasnít the clear, decisive winner of the tasting. It just eked by against some pretty tough competition.
[April 23, 2008]
Bottle. Pours black. I mean, this stuff is midnight black with an everlasting head. Lacing is dark, clingy, and dense on the snifter. Tons of heavily roasted, smoky espresso notes make up the nose. An acknowledgeable level of sharp hops
[March 6, 2010]
Bottle. This is a seriously dark beer, rivaling Ten Fidy in opacity. The nose is much like the latter with huge roastiness, ample hops, and a dry chocolate character. The flavor is spectacular with deep chocolate, vanilla wafers, earth, hickory, sharp hops, and pure espresso. Expedition is thick and coating in the palate and a superb go-to big beer to warm my bones in the winter.
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Delicious smell of chocolate coffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is like half done pudding mix. Excellent flavor of malt and chocolate with strong but tolerable alcohol.
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours thick and black with very thin dark tan head. Sweet malty chocolate and coffee smell. Thick full mouthfeel that is silky smooth. Great full flavor of sweet roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Very heavy-feeling beer, but goes down very smooth. Strong alcohol doesnít overpower and warms as it goes down. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout.
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Similar to Batch 7000 but sweeter, more carbonation, more chocolate and more alcohol showing, not as complex. Itís tasty, but if you have the choice Iíd recommend the Batch 7000 over this.
rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I bought this as a six pack; took me 5 of them before I felt comfortable enough to rate it. Everything about this beer is huge, and it took several bottles over several days to get the real character out of it. I drank it out of a sifter, small portions of the bottle at a time. Tastes best unaerated. Intense coffee, expresso, and bitter, bitter hops in the nose; along with subtle hints of dark chocolate, tobacco, and brown sugar. The palate is very heavy and the prime culprit for requiring such an extensive tasting. Alcohol is definitely noticable, and it drinks more like a port than a stout. Alcohol tastes stronger than the 11.5% would suggest. Rolls along the tongue with a viscous, smooth mouthfeel. Another great stout from Bells- which is rapidly becoming the best brewery anywhere.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black as night with a thin, reddish brown head. It didnít make a sound as I poured it, like pouring syrup. The aroma is quite roasty, with some dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol, tons of earth, and even a wisp of hops. Wow, upon sipping I first notice a huge quantity of earthy hops. Then comes the espresso flavor, and a lot of it. Good thing I like espresso. Thereís also a touch of chocolate in there, and maybe some maple. There is a tiny bit of noticeable alcohol, but it is mostly masked by the intensity of the other flavors. The finish is slightly bitter with a note of smoked meat. The aftertaste is, again, almost identical to espresso. The palate is, as one might expect, thick and very robust. I can take a sip of a teaspoon or so and it feels like it fills my mouth. This is an amazing brew.
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WTF is a thimbleberry? (see below) Pours thick and dark, just like youíd expect. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Aroma is primarily roasty. Hops are present, but thereís no ignoring the smokey goodness. Vegetarians may be tempted to have some bacon after a whiff of this beer. Extremely full body, light carbonation, med-long finish. Flavor has some of the roasted malts from the nose, but they donít overpower. Great coffee, dark chocolate, etc... Everything an imperial stout should be, but this has it in spades, and all right up front too. On that point: this doesnít finish as long as other imperials iíve had (try Siberian Night) but itís no slouch. Resist the urge to chug, 11.5% abv is too high for that.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 From Bottle, 2003 Vintage. Dark black motor oil pour with a deep brown head of chocolatey char that quickly diminishes to a cedar bark ring around my snifter. As I pour into my glass, my nose is greeted by a surprising whiff of red grapefruit. Beautiful ebony color with only a faint suggestion of ruby read tones. As I plunge my nose into the glass, Iím greeted by a heavenly aroma parade. Rich, succulent prunes dipped in fine Belgian chocolate and neatly garnished with a fleck of roasted Partagas whole leaf cigar wrapper. Greasy, oily dimension that reminds me of hickory smoked venison tenderloin rubbed generously with a soy sauce marinade. Finally, some other lighter, fruitier qualities timidly expose themselves. Over-ripe thimbleberries, a touch of vanilla bean, and a bedtime glass of past timeís chocolate milk... And now Iím ready to take my first sip. Wonderful, silky smooth mouthfeel is heavily laden with chocolate truffles stuffed with dark chocolate syrup, sticky english toffee, and oily french roasted whole bean coffee. The flavors cling to every square inch of my tongue, forcing me to appreciate the way this brew marvelously bridges the gap between the sticky sweet candied fruit at the beginning to the dry dark chocolatey malts Iím experiencing now. Finally, a pleasant ruby red grapefruit hoppy finish, the conclusion and verification of my olfactory reaction upon initially opening the bottle, is realized. This is one amazing beer. Thanks, Tom!
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great! Pours a brown-black with very minimal brown head. Port in the nose, so you know without a doubt itís a strong Imperial. Full, oily mouthfeel. Roasted malts and port on the tongue. A little too sweet, and perhaps not enough of a variation in flavor profile from start to finish for this to be my favorite - but itís definititely a keeper.
Slighlty better cold than warm, which seems unusual for a stout.