wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2007
I decided to drink something special for my 250th rating since it was my one year anniversary.....umm with rating beer that is. I drank the hell out of this when it was released and somehow never got around to rating it. it has been about a year now since i have drank one of these. now of course i wish that i would have squirreled more of this away. so uh.....anyway here it goes.
This beer looks AMAZING. pitch black motor oil thick syrupy black hole of a beer. light doent even try getting through this thing. the light actually ran off and hid in the corner as i was pouring this beer. i checked on him and he said he was cool so i whipped out the trusty mag light and continued....
the head is amazing creamy dark caramel brown. it lasts for quite a long time and leaves some good lacing.
the aroma....i could smell this beer forever....it took me a good twenty minutes to get to tasting it. leather tobacco dark molasses vanilla and oak with a hint of currants mocha and piney citrus hops........and the best i can explain it is something that smelled slightly like dog food. but still an absolutely amazing aroma. beautiful.
the flavor is intense. bittersweet coffee molasses chocolate with hints of smoke earthy tobacco spicy black pepper tart black currants with a nice touch of salt. dry acidic finish that has a billion different flavors. smokey campfire everything listed above and more. FULL THICK RICH AMAZING BODY with minimal carbonation....just the way it should be. alcohol? 12%? other than the fact that this beer is huge i didnt even notice it. i cant name another beer that has all five tastes. pungent, salty, sour, bitter, and sweet i guess i could even say umami since my mouth is watering right now just thinking about this beer. a wonderful experience. a true masterpiece. bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Acquired in trade for batch 8000. Opaque, jet black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of soggy cereal/oatmeal and roasted grains. Flavor is of of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, . This bitterness is balanced with a syrupy caramel sweetness. Dessert in a bottle. Every sip uncovers a new layer complexity. Dark fruits noticeable. Delectable. Excellent beer!
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Today is a good day. Recieved this bottle from a friend, and man was it worth it.Pours a coal black with a slowly bulilding head. Absolutely beautiful. Molasses and brown sugar mixed with the licorice is just a dynamite Aroma. The flavor follows the smell very closely with the molasses and licorice dominating. Some bitter chocolate shows up towards the end making this one of my absolute favorite beers Ive ever had.I love Larry Bell. Edward104 (41) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
bottle, no glass, chilled. Fantastic! Very chocolatey, some coffee tones. Very sweet-alcohol aftertaste. Tastes amazingly like dark chocolate. Little overpowering by the end of the bottle. Wouldn’t want to drink several in a row, but excellent one at a time. Wish I had bought a 6-pack and stored it for a while. mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
very very dark beer. exceptional flavor. extremely thick. best bells beer i have had
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Well, Imperials are my favorite, and this one is a damn fine example. Very dark with virtually no head at all. Slightly syrupy texture with a flavor of over-roasted coffee beans. Great Impy Stout!!! bgburdman9 (865) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Rerate: If there is a beer that has a better aroma, flavor, or leaves a better flavor on the tongue i have yet to see it. One of my all time favorites.
Got this on a road trip through Michigan. I wasnt thinking and only got a single instead of the whole six pack. This was excellent. This seems more complex than expedition, but i think i like it better because of that. I think i liked this one more than the expd. because the alcohol seemed more masked, maybe its just me and my palate has evolved. This was very thick and syrupy. If I could find this again I would pick it up very quickly. virgil23 (14) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Pours viscous and syrupy. Smells dark and roasty, with the slight scent of malts and alcohol. Had it many times on tap at the eccentric cafe and have a half of a case left for rainy days. Taste is mouthwateringly delicious espresso, chocolate, vanilla, with a perfect balance of hops and a light alcohol finish. I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy it. This is what a great Imperial Stout should taste like. Get it if you can... AcctError53893 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours black with lots of thick brown head. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla sweetness. Very complex tastes. Some chocolate, vanilla, fruits, malts, and hint of alcohol. Wow, this is a great beer. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
700th rating! Bottle from 2005. Aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, espresso, wood, red wine and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small light brown creamy head that mostly diminished and left speckled lace. Flavor is very sweet and med bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Just an incredible beer. Very chocolaty with great mouth feel and looks. The aroma and taste are just incredible. This beer has aged very well. It was an honor.