carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
poured at a nice 55 degrees or so, pitch black with a nice tan head. smell of dark chocolate with slight alcohol edge. smooth creamy mouthfull with a lingering hoppy bitter finish. well balanced big stout. the bells third coast old ale is a better big ale... f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Pours a pitch black hue with a nice brown head. Definite bitter chocolate/coffee nose. Big malty wallop up front, calmed by roasted coffee, and a nice bittering hop finish. Excellent brew, a step behind Founders Breakfast Stout, but still a top notch beer.
Re-Rate 3/24/07 - sampled out of bottle, definitely a step above the keg. Thick and rich, itís an awesome beer. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
This was the pinnacle of my last tasting round at The Brew Kettle. There are quite a few Bellís brews that do nothing at all for me...and yet this is a masterpiece. Itís a HUGE imperial stout--thick, rich, gutteral.....and yet itís also wonderfully complex. (Brews this strong tend to have one powerful/overpowering characteristic--molasses, phenol, hops, etc--but thatís not the case here.) Laid down six...one every six months??? horsemen16 (6) - Conway, Arkansas, USA - FEB 1, 2007 does not count
I had the honor of trying this beer this summer. There is only one beer in this world that has ever left me speechless. This is the one. The Expedition pours slowly like molasses and settles down in the glass nice and smooth. The aroma has strong coffee and chocolate qualities as does the superior taste. A must for any beer lover. A real treasure. But beware, you can probably only drink one. Save it as a dessert after your meal. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Pours dark and inky, like three year old motor oil. Little lacing. Aroma is bold and roasty, cocoa, walnuts, roasted coffee, dark fruit composte, and a hint of anise. Full bodied in the mouth with subtle carbonation. Chewy caramel, creamy chocolate, dark fruits, bitter roasty notes of coffee, and a touch of anise. Nicely complex with hardly a hint of the big alcohol. Some subtle hops bitterness in the finish. An excellent impy stout.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
through trade with brewblackhole. The color was chocolate/black. The head was dark tan, fizzy, and disappeared quickly. The aroma was raison, molasses, alcohol, and some roast. The flavor was very complex. It was roasty, alcohol, molasses, coffee, waxy, and slight bitterness. The palate was wonderful, mild carbonation. The finish was bitter, roasty, and long-lasting. emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Wanted to give this one a rerate. Poured a black brew with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, molasses, dark fruits. The flavor is very rich and complex, roasted coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, dark rum. Creamy mouthfeel and a lasting finish. Fantastic stout. jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Black pour, strong nose of chocolate and malts, almost no head, very dark black - looks wonderful. Taste is sharp and sour, yet with a sweet subtleness. Very thick and lustrous, a great feeling in the throat. I really like this stout, one of the best! b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 Black in color with little head. Very nice strong aroma mixed of fruit and chocolate. Complex with a ton of flavors, fruity and very hoppy, a little too much hops. Also a little sour and bitter. Strong alcohol flavor was unavoidable and distracting. MojoJojo (5) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2007 does not count
Beer shipped to me by Monger, Thx!
Pours a very oily, molasses type texture that leaves a slight residue on the side of the glass. Strong aroma with a good mixture of chocolate, coffee and toffee. Lies very thick on the tongue that starts a tad bitter then finished suprisingly smooth with a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Definitely reccomend this to serious stout drinkers. An opus in a bottle!