ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to a buddie. Poured a dark thick black color. Aroma of mocha and chocolate. Taste is very delis. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
batch 6811...bottled april 05...oily black with a small but very dark chocolate head. this beer smells so good i almost dont want to drink it. i dont want the smell to go away. aroma of high quality dark chocolate. flavor is of the same high quality dark chocolate. im not talking hersheys. im talking the imported european chocolate that just melts in your mouth with a great flavor the american chocolates cant duplicate. no sign of the alcohol. i paid $8 for one bottle of it here in california and its completely worth it. even if i couldve traded for it with people that can get it for half the price. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours a sick ass thick oily color, with what looks like the same constitution. Smell is very strong. Has alcohol and chocolate all over it, with somethign sweet in it, but I can’t place it. Taste is much of the same. THe alcohol is very present in this brew, but the balance makes it very smooth and easy to drink. 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, it’s 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 Bell’s brews that do nothing at all for me...and yet this is a masterpiece. It’s a HUGE imperial stout--thick, rich, gutteral.....and yet it’s also wonderfully complex. (Brews this strong tend to have one powerful/overpowering characteristic--molasses, phenol, hops, etc--but that’s 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 (4705) - 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.