realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12oz bottle (batch# 7205) poured pitch black with a small brown colored head. Aromas of strong chocolate with roast, coffee and toffee. The taste was powerfull at first with a big alcohol punch, but some very nicely balanced roast and chocolate flavors come though as it warms. Overall one of the best Imp. Stouts I have ever had. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Year-old bottle, 2005 sampled Dec 2006. Pours an deep opaque black even highlighted against the brightest lights; coming from the bottle the pour seems more like india ink than beer.
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
The aroma is richly roasty, powerful chocolate and coffee notes, overt but not unpleasant soysauce saltiness. The flavor is intense but not brash; rather, a full dark-chocolate intensity with whispers of vanilla and cherries, cappucino with a hint of wood. The hops finish clean and like bitter chocolate. The flavors have melded together beautiful, and the overall impression is of a superb bittersweet dessert. The mouthfeel is very thick, bordering on oily, and a bit warm from the alcohol, but luxurious nonetheless.
This is a fantastic beer, and it gives me yet another reason to mourn Bells’ absence from Washington state. The one thing that keeps it form scoring higher is that by the time I’ve finished a bottle, I really have enough of the stuff for one night --- and I usually don’t feel that way about Oaked Yeti or Old Rasputin. 9/5/9/4/16=4.3
Four year old bottle 2009 sampled Nov 2013.
The expected dark pour, rather limited head. Aroma dominated by cocoa, hints of soy. Flavors of cappucino,dark choclate, the faintest hint of ash. Gentle smoke, roasty bitterness late. No lapse of body or flavor after four years, just excellent intergration. In 2006, little could compete. In 2013, a beer milieu where big flavorful imperial stouts line up by the dozens in my local supermarket, the original rating still stands.
Another winner from Bells. Dark, rich, strong yet highly drinkable. Pretty much the perfect stout with a wonderful balance of all the usual stout flavors and a pretty clean/hoppy finish. marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
This black ale poured with a nice brown head. This is a wonderful chocolate stout that actually has a noticeable hop finish, and a subsequent warming sensation from the alcohol. Very well-crafted and quite tasty. GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Deep black color with brown head when you can rouse one up. Rich, complex malty aroma with toffee, and chocolate predominate. Flavor is rich chocolate with just a hint of roastiness, complex malt flavors abound. If I had to quibble I would say that it could use a little more roastiness for a stout, but what what the heck. A really great beer! What a monster!
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 oz bottle shared w/ TChrome. Midnight black pour with a dark tan head. Head quickly dissipates to a thin covering and leaves slight lacing on the snifter. Nose is pungent spiciness, soy sauce, musty fruit, a small amount of hoppiness, and some alcohol. Slick, silky, smooth, and thick mouthfeel. Little or no carbonation. Flavor has so much going on – roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, just enough hop bitterness in the finish. This is about as good as gets! Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2006
(#1600 ratings) Bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Pitch black colour wih a little but nice head. Lovely smooth aroma with notes of sweetness, little hops, roastedness, chocolate and little caramel too. Amazing flavour of smooth chocolate, roastedness combined with sweet and alcoholic, also hints of hops. Very nice eneed. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Wow! If you like stouts, you will love Bells Expedition Stout. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. Pours black. If not for the thick, carmely head, it could easily be mistaken for motor oil. The aroma is somewhat lacking. I would have liked a stronger, richer smell. The taste and texture make up for this, however. Rich, bittersweet chocolate, cherries, and malt. In the mouth you find creamy roasted grains. There is a mild alcohol and spice taste on the way down the hatch, which left me salivating like Pavlov’s dog for the next sip. I purchased Bells Expedition Stout at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. It is rather expensive, close to $18 after taxes for six bottles. Bells Expedition Stout is, without doubt, worth the price. Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Got this one for my 400th rating. Pours black, black, black with an initially large bubbling reddish head that quickly fades to nothing. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with a good bit of alcohol. Flavor is off the hook. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Instantly warming. Hops tingle the palette and there is a huge rush of cherries, chocolate, molasses, vanilla leading to a warm and boozy finish. This is a true beer to enjoy and not at all overrated. DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours a dark brown color, with a small head. Smell is heavy malty, sweet, and roasty. Sweet taste of molasses and heavy sugars. The flavor is dark, sweet, and warm chocolate. Coffee aftertaste follows quickly. Very full palate and strong tasting beer.