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 (2005) - 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 (3309) - 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.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark black color with a small reddish brwon head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, with a hint of hops. Flavor has a lot of big chocolate taste, with some coffee, and I think a touch of smoke. A damn fine stout.
hamster (1) - urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 bottling. a superb brew any year, but 2005’s is transcendent. when my roommate and i first split a case last november we were pleased, but as we drank into it the beers just got better... and better... we got another case. first it was thick and sweet and alcoholic. a few weeks ago, it tasted of cherries! now, it’s as rich as hardy’s or lee’s but with all the charm of roast. this is the first beer i have felt compelled to review, and i’ve had hundreds of beers.
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle: This one pours an inky, very dark brown color. There was almost no head on the pour, but a moderate tan one came up through the darkness to the surface. It subsides quickly. The nose is fairly potent. Chocolate and a roastiness are the most noticeable. Some coffee and alcohol come through also. A bit of a sweetness to it also. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and silky: definitely a full bodied beer. The taste seems to be more complex than the aroma. The chocolate is there, but not as strong as I thought it would be. Hints of dark fruits, roastiness are in the taste profile also. Almost no sweetness, and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an extremely good beer. I don’t remember who sent me this in a trade, as I have been aging it for awhile, but thanks again!