Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottle: Lots of coffee and black licorice in the aroma. Also some dark chocolate and light caramel. Flavor is rather malty with lots of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Light licorice in the background. Coffee presence is more in the finish with a some burnt flavors. Coffee aftertaste. 9-5-9-5-18
Batch 7205 (Opened on 8/11/09) : The aroma is loaded with chocolate, molasses, black licorice, dark fruits, smoke, light coffee, and a hint of alcohol. After a few sips which opens up space for a more vigorous swirl in the glass, the alcohol is definitely more apparent in the nose, but not overbearing, and the roasted coffee notes also increase. It pours completely black with what is a mostly insignificant brown head that slightly fizzes up upon the completion of the pour and quickly settles into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The minimal head leaves behind minimal lacing, but the beer itself leaves a nice coating on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a big dose of chocolate and molasses. Thereís a nice sweet fruity presence in the background. The finish has notes of black licorice, roasted coffee, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol isnít noticeable at all in the flavor. Itís full bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. You really canít ask for a better mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. 10-5-9-5-18
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Motor oil black color, with only a faint tan head. Several different layers of aroma: earthy hops, chocolate, espresso, fruit, vanilla, whiskey, alcohol. This beer is thick and heavy. Roasted chocolate malt, and tons of it. Smokey, silky and smooth. Alcohol notes (hard to avoid with how much is in this). Lots of fruitiness as well, raisins I think. A punishingly complex brew. Dessert. Awesome.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught (and bottle). Wow...very sweet and complex. The usual Bellís yeast has been hammered into submission (good) by the power of this imperial stout. Very well balanced as it has to be, almost barleywine-esque but not as apparently alcoholic.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 7/21/06 GOING TO DO A RATING CHANGE i BOUGHT A 6ER OF THIS AND AFTER HAVING A COUPLE OF THEM IN THE LAST FEW DAYS i THINK I SHOULD UPGRAE A LITLLE 1ST RATING WAS A 8,5 8 4 18 ON 5/10/04 I had this beer before and did not like it but wanted to give it another try I am glad I did. this was a very good beer going to have to buy some more that said I donít know if I got a bad bottle but got no head no lacing.poured black.aroma got malts,molasses, chocolate and licorice.Flavor got same as aroma with a nice taste of alcohol and fruit like plums,raisins.liked the finish that sweet bitterness I am getting to enjoy.
Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAY 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The alcohol is very well masked in this stout. The label of 11.5% would make you think that this beer induce a nap, but that isnít the case. Awesome scents roll off of the pour. I have never had a pour produce ANY head though. The dominant scents are those of soy sauce, fig, and raisins. Yes, I said soy sauce... anyone I know that has tasted/smelled expedition stout immediately picked up on the soy sauce scent. The taste of the actual beer is very strong, with an oily chocolate taste. This is not a beginners beer though, its very hard to drink, and I personally couldnít drink more than 2 in a sitting. It paired well with a red wine glass I had.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout indeed! (~55 degrees, snifter). A loose brown head quickly dissipates to a ring and some floating bubbles. Lacing is minimal. WHo cares? Aroma is roasted malt and a bit of alcohol... a touch of chocolate as well. Flavor has very little alcohol, suprising in a brew this big. A great burnt/roasted malt flavor, espresso, bakers chocolate, and a touch of hops to keep things balanced. Body is thinner than you would expect, but whatever. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation. Well done, a great stout!
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 Wow, this is a nice stout. Looks good and taste good. Does Bell?s make a bad beer? So far, the answer is no.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Chocolaty goodness, black as can be, smooth and oily, with a wonderful aroma, and I didnít even taste the 11.5% alcohol (bonus). OK, I noticed it, but not overpowering at all. This is a top-notch stout.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 first off, i FINALLY got a snifter!! that being out of my system- this is the first beer i put into it. i really like the presentation look that the snifter gives this beer. pours like motor oil with a thin tan head. smells of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. hoppy coffee flavor that is not much unlike speedway stout. this is much more drinkable than speedway is however because it is not so thick. great hoppy flavor that adds a very nice bitter aspect to the brew. this is absolutely wonderful, and very worthy of a top 50. this brewery has yet to disappoint me. wonderful beer.
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a pitch black with a thick and sticky brown head that does not go anywhere for quite a while. Deep and rich roasted malt aroma with a hint of molasses and a slight trace of alcohol. First taste absolutely blows you away. Wonderfully rich coffee and chocolate taste with a strong malt backbone and a strong bitter finish. Warms on the way down, but hides the ABV well. Thanks again MarkR.