xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. íroma of nice roast and licorice candy coffee. Packed with positive flvor, extremely nutty first sip - hazelnuts and others. Good licorice note and strong, warming. A beatiful impreial stout looker, with curvy dark brown and hot brown sugar head. If I could have children with a stout Iíd consider this one. difficult to describe, but very, very pleasing, hitting the spot, and deserving of its status.
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many people believe this is one of the best imperial stouts in existance. It has a distinct hint of bitter chocolate and licorace and/or tobacco. The beer is very dense in nature. In my opinion, the biggest fault of the beer is the excessively high alcohol content. The beer tastes way too alcoholic to be enjoyed with any other beers or food. Additionally, the alcohol taste cloaks some of the other potential flavors of the beer. I much moreso prefer Victory Stormking or Troegs Oatmeal Stout.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Rerate. 7817 was packaged on February 1, 2007. Pours a thick black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head thatís got good retention. Aroma of roasty grain and coffee, piney earthy hops, dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, alcohol, anise, salted nuts, and some vanilla. What doesnít this beer have? Flavor is big--salty, roasty, tar and tobacco, vanilla, and char in the dry highly bitter finish. Thick full body with light to moderate smooth carbonation. This is awesome, and with this rerate it is now my highest rated. Old rating follows. 12oz bottle, batch 6811. Pours a thick, syrupy black with a dark tan small head. Nose of dark chocolate, some raisins, coffee, molasses, soy sauce, and alcohol. Complex. Strongest tastes that come through are the chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Pretty soft carbonation. Very good and very thick beer. 9-5-9-4-18--4.5
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. High viscosity. This has to be the thickest tasting beer Iíve ever had. Almost a syrup consistency. And the alcohol is not too noticeable. Very drinkable for an imperial stout.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, 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 (702) - 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 (743) - 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 canít 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 itís nice to have a stout thatís 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 Iím 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 ďI fear no beerĒ, 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 shouldnít be missed.