beernovice2007 (2) - USA - MAR 19, 2007 does not count
Poured a thick, black color with 1/2" dark brown head. Aroma and taste of bitter coffee and chocolate. Very nice flavor, but I was a little let down from the hype. This has been highly hyped on the net, but reminds me of Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout without as much alcohol burn. Still not bad, just a little pricey for what you get. Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Served in a snifter on St. Patrick’s Day, bottle code 7740. An aggressive pour yields an inky black liquor with a two-finger, persistent dark brown head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is crisp and refreshing, dominated by roasted malt & coffee notes, and complemented by hop and fruit notes in the background. The mouth-feel is creamy and rich at first, a little oily later. The flavor & texture profile evolves rapidly as I swirl it in my mouth: espresso, bitterness, roast malt, a tiny bit of astringency, slipperiness, a sharp bite, and a long dry, bitter finish. Little lace is left on the glass. A little alcohol vapor, not at all unpleasant, reveals itself as I inhale after each swallow. Re-assessing the aroma after some meatloaf and cabbage, I can clearly detect a pleasant green apple fruit note. ganache (5893) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2007
St. Patrick’s Day, 2007: Rating No. 1000, US Rating No. 300. A bottle from 7696 with 4/5 months of age. Aroma of chocolate and coffee roast with light hops and bg sweetness. Not as robust-smelling as expected. Opaque, pitch black body with a creamy, foamy dark brown head. Velvety mf with loads and loads of roast and a lesser, somewhat raw gel of plums and raisins. Touch of ash, but not as gritty or dark as in others (e.g., FBS). Very strong but measured bitterness, not at all over-the-top. Complementary strong saltiness is not as strong as, say, dubbel zoute drop, but certainly worthy of note. Complex, obese malt profile attacks in waves. Viscous, thick body is slowly and pleasantly warming, slightly syrupy. Sticky lips. Faint sweetness swims behind all of the roast bitterness. Subtle green earth with the coffee doesn’t always work, but does here. Roast and toast and chocolate fill the moderately hoppy, salty aftertaste. Touch of alcohol comes through if drinking too quickly. On the whole, aggressive and flavorful. With a little mellowing and better integration of the alcohol, she could vie for a perfect score; will just have to see how time treats her. MHED (114) - lisle, USA - MAR 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle. poured rich, thick, black with dark cherry/brownish highlights formed a tan dense head. Aroma of roasted bitter chocolate, coffe, figs. Starts out with a bang of dark chocolate covered espresso beans then raisiny anise and caramel. finishes with a warming mellow sweet malt toastiness. complex and chewy. Yum.... mikep1684 (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
Great job again by Bell’s ( A great brewing company in my mind) very strong aroma of roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate... what isnt in this beer!? considering its high alcohol content the blend of ingredients masks the alcohol great. Def one of my favorite sippers. Just bought the case and couldnt resist cracking open one before storing for the summer. Ive been told that you should wait at least 6 months before injoying the true taste of Expedition Stout.
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
pours black with nice chocolate brown head. aroma is roasty chocolate and hops. Flavor is complex and warming..it is full of chocolate, roasted malts, and raisins. The chocolate feels as if it just sticks to your mouth. this is great...one of the best stouts ive ever had. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2007
Bottled (thanks heemer77). Pitch black opaque colour, mediumsized brown foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, licorace, coffee, spices, caramel, slight hints of alcohol and a lot of chocolate. A real mindblaster. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some oak, spices, juniper and burnt sugar. All in a lovely mix. The alcohol shows only in a slightly warming feeling. The aftertaste is smoked wet wood and roasted malts along with smooth chocolate. Absolutely marvellous! brstp (201) - - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle courtesy of pantanap, in a tulip glass. Thick black color, purplish brown head with some intricate thin lacing that covers the whole glass. Serious aroma -- roasted malts, raisins, plums, alcohol but not in a bad way. Smoother taste than expected from the aroma with some coffee, huge malts, a little hop at the end to tingle the tongue. What a beer! masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Thick and Jet black. Pours with a thin head that fades into nice lacing. Smells roasty, burnt, slight hops. Taste is intense, coats your mouth, incredibly complex flavors, roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, taste coats your mouth, doesn’t seem to go away. An incredible stout, great to put in a snifter and sip for awhile. One of my all time favorite beers.
re-rate notes: I am not going to change my rating here, but, I had this on cask last night and it was really amazing. Like the best bitter sweet chocolate cake you have ever had, but thicker! You can’t lose with this beer. I rack my brain trying to think of any way this beer would not be enjoyable, but alas, expy always prevails. Drink it fresh, or drink it with one (or 15) years on it, drink it cold, drink it warm, out of a bottle, on tap, on cask, in a boat, on your roof, with a cat, or with a goose, with a piece of chocolate cake, in a boat while on the lake, in a glass or from a jar, while your wishing on a star, drink it any time of year, drink the stuff to bring good cheer! pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
bottle...one of the best tasting imperials that i’ve tasted and def lived up to the expectations that i had for it....poured deep, dark, and thick with a decent beige head....aroma was very roasty with a strong dark chocolate component. so good.....taste was very intense, thick and coated my entire mouth. lots of coffee and chocolate goodness. one of the best stouts i’ve tasted and will be a favorite of mine.