ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Hop Leaf. Pours thick and oily with an amber/brown head. Sweet malts and roasts permeate throughout the aroma. These follow through to the taste along with molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and espresso. The alcohol is completely hidden. At first, I thought this might be a bit too sweet, but after having a couple over a few weeks I have grown to like the sweet backdrop. Complex and fantastic.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Roasty aroma, earth, wood, sweet. Dark dark brown/black. Brown head. Bitter flavors, roast, bitter hops, not overly complex. Itís a full, syrupy body, the lacing on the glass lasts almost indefinitely. I would like to try an aged one, as I understand it gets more complex over time. I enjoyed how hopped this beer is, I enjoyed the earthiness to it, and the good amount of roasting, but I have to admit, it didnít blow me away. Still, itís a great beer! Thanks to Doppelganger for giving me one!
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, batch 6811. I finally found a beer I rate as high as my beloved two Hearted Ale from the same brewer no less, wow, they make good beer. Pours double shot espresso dark with a small light brown head that quickly diminshes with good lacing. Opaque, light will not penatrate this. The scent floating to my nose reminds my of roasted molasses, smokey oak aged burbon, the hops shout a you and the malt is fighting it for attention. Theres a lot going on and my nose canít take it all in. This is a full bodied beer, be prepared. It has a creamy almost syrupy texture with a soft carbonation. A perfect beer to sit and listen to your favorite album (yes vinyl). On to the best part the flavor, yum. Malt sweetness first hit, then some alcohol. The hops start kicking in to balance the initial sweetness then your palate realizes there a whole bunch more going on here. Smoke flavors, soft chocolate, subtle grape, roasted grains, caramel, espresso and even vanilla more than I can take. It just gets better as it breaths and warms. You are aware of the alcohol but would not guess itís over 11%. This is the best Imperial stout I have ever had, complex and yummy. Hats off to Bellís!!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bellís Expedition Stout pours to an ink black, dark as midnight, opaque, color, this beer is as black as shoe polish. The head is big, tan, thick, and creamy. The nose on this beer is stunning. TITANIC malt aromas and hop aromas flood the nose. Big roasty and chocolate malt aromas marry with aromas of black licorice, and peppery waves of alcoholic strength. If that is not enough there is HUGE hop aromas as well. Bellís Expedition has two times the malt of their Kalamazoo Stout, but has a whopping five times the hops!! The hop aromatics in this beer, are so fresh, piney, and citric. It does battle with the malt for your nostrils attention. Now for the palate. AMAZING. Huge malt flavors of chocolate malt, roast, coffee, expresso, licorice, toffee, and vanilla coat the tongue. The body is as big as mother Russia. This is a rich, hefty, lush body, very viscous, like motor oil. The finish. As incredible as the start. Big chocolate malt, expresso, licorice, and roasted malt flavors lead into a big, long, dry, citric, hop bitter finish. At five times the hops, and Bellís loves hops, this beer has to be 100 IBUís. The finish is very warming as well. Bellís Expedition clocks in at about 10-11% abv, this is some potent stuff.
Words can not do this beer justice. One has to experience a beer like this. I know it was worth a trip to Michigan for me. As stated, this is an amazing beer. It is rich and complex, with just layer, after layer of flavors. A beer as decadent as this should be sipped and savored. If you want to match this with food, only desert would do. This would go perfect with a big thick slice of death by chocolate cake, dark chocolates, and chocolate pudding.
Bubbain66 (6) - USA - JAN 22, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a friend from Mich bring me a six pack, because of all the hipe. The first one i thought was gonna be too much!! But the second, I liked alot! this became one of my Favís! to get a head you must pour it directly into the glass, its nice! Its thick, malty and full of flavor! What a beer! i could drink them all night, but it only takes a few....
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to kms399 for this - a great trader! Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black, with a thin brown head. Roasty malts and coffee in the nose. Flavor favors black coffee and malt, some sweetness. The finish is sweet, creamy malt and coffee, a bit of cocoa. The body is simply perfect. Alcohol is a bit pronounced. Overall, one of the finest stouts, bar none. Thanks again, Ken!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Immy for finding this one! From 12oz. bottle, pours black with a coffee colored head with minimal lacing. Nose is of molasses with hints of tobacco. Palate is silky smooth. Flavor has coco/coffee notes upfront with a sweet malty backbone. Slightly vinous with a bitter finish. Very nicely balanced.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Thick, thick pour leaving a nice, thin, deep, dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, sweet fruit, and caramel. Great complex flavor starting with dark chocolate notes next to bourbon and then coffee lingering in the back. Malty, silky smooth carbonation lets you know itís there but thatís about it. Chewy, heavy...very heavy...a great dessert beer and/or nightcap. Alcohol is hidden very well which would usually make this beer pretty dangerous...but I think it would be fairly difficult to get through more than one or two of these in a evening. This stuff is rich indeed.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle vintage 2002 pre batch #. Poured a nice black with a brown fluffy head. Words dont do this beer justice. Aging has done incredible thingss to this beer. Aroma was robust with roasted coffee, chocolate and notes of fruit. Flavor was very complex with creamy chocolate, light and well balanced roasted malt with little to no signs of the big alcohol content. Wow! I think I am going to age a few of theese.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Poured out a dark color with a little head which didnít last long. SMell of roasted coffee and some hops. Tasted of the dark fruits and slight coffee. Finished hoppy."