muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100th Rating!!! This monster pours ultra opaque black. The head is very thin and foamy, brown in color. Immediately, the aroma reminded me of eating Riesen candy , and was a plethora of chocolate, raisins and dark fruit, coffee, and soy sauce. Flavor was strong on the raisin and chocolate with a slightly bitter smoky soy finish. Very solid.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 12 oz bottle obtained from Beerswap 2.0. (thanks tjthresh!)Pours a used motor oil thick opaque black with a small tan head. powerful aroma of roasted chocolate, espresso, and anice. Wow this is good. A myriad of flavors, but mostly espresso, vanilla, chocolate, raisins and licorice. Full bodied. Oily bittersweet roasted malt finish with just enough hops to keep it balanced. mmm chewy yummy good. 11.5%? Wow, alcohol is well-hidden. My new favorite.
rerate on 3/4/2007-Batch 7205-ok this is the closest thing to perfection i have had yet. Chocolate/espresso cheesecake in a beer bottle.....old rating was 10/5/9/5/18=4.7..but batch 7205 is 10/5/10/5/19!!
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 well, here is a beer that has all the right components and is really pretty bad.
Some beers have a weak flavor and aroma, but are great to drink. This one is the opposite. Great aroma, bold flavor, excelent palate, totally unenjoyable.
It tastes like medicine
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance:oily black,small head...
Flavor:strong rosted malt,fudge,chocolate,coffe....
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít know this may be my hightest rated beer ever. I just went with the numbers. This beer pours a damn black. It is about all you could ask from a beer. A chocespresso flavor that is delicious this beer is a classic example of what a beer should be. A palate of smooth smooth smooth. Wow what a beer. I just loved it.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - 2005. Poured like used motor oil. Very thick dark black with red in there, creating a small tan head on top. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. A very nice aroma. Flavor is extremely rich in coffee and chocolate both. This beer is full of great flavor. Vanilla, roasted malts, and hops are also coming out. The flavors are dancing around my tongue. Very complex. The beer is very smooth on the palate also, making it very enjoyable overall. I will need to get more of this beer! Fantastic!
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: This beer pour absolute black! The head is moderate in size but rich in red brown color. A nice lacing is left as you swirl the beer, it simply looks exquisite.
Smell: Smelling this beer just absolutely teases the senses! A magnificent plethora of dark rum tobacco, leather, roasted malts, dark vinous grape aromas and more flood through the nose and straight to the brain sending me instantly into a state of awe! I guess you could simply say that it is a *very* enticing aroma!
Taste: After all the anticipation from the aroma the beer does not disappoint as it enters the mouth. It is vinous and thick. It starts off very roasty and the alcohol and hop dance like pins and needles on your tongue then as your palate adjust you begin to taste the remarkable depth and complexity with deep red flavors of grape and cherries meeting tobacco rum charcoal bitter flavor and balancing brilliantly. There are also hints of sweet like a caramel and coco with vanilla in there too. The finish is very bitter, with a spicy alcohol burn like a great bourbon. The alcohol is not shy and I love that feature as a whiskey fan.
Mouthfeel: There is plenty of rough around the edges that keep you awake and appreciating each sip. It is not *harsh* but it is certainly not easy either. This is for a fan of RIS who likes liquor. The feel in the mouth is thick and smooth. It is so creamy I can hardly imagine any beer could be creamier.
Drinkability: Simply put this beer is a perfect night cap! It is not a session beer (unless you want to hurt yourself). This beer is very big and not one I would call approachable. It is intimidating but for those who want a big ass Russian Imperial Stout stand back and get ready because here comes Bellís Expedition Stout.
Hope this is helpful.
rafe101 (1) - Marquette, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love this beer. It took me a few weeks of asking to finally get it at the party store around the corner, and I live in Mich., but they finally got a few cases in. One must really like stouts to even try this beer. My girlfriend spit her one-and-only mouthful into the sink. It was stained like coffee for a few days.
danyvatt (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing stout beer. In fact, I think this is my favorite stout beer. Some interesting plum and raisin flavors going on, as well as a very powerful but balanced flavor. Will also get you very drunk very fast.
daveco67 (18) - Marion, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had really high hopes for this stout, especially since it was coming from Bells. The beer pours like molasses and doesnít have much head. The raisin and plub aroma is overwhelmed by the alcohol smell. That smell is the prelude to the liquor taste that doesnít stop. Great mouth feel though.