AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 This is one of my favorite beers. Always, and I mean always have some on hand.
Pours a dark brown almost black with little to no head.
Smell is roasty coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same as the smell but in a thick, creamy feel. This is one great brew! Is at its best when it warms up to room temp, IMO. One of the best.rlgk (18847) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
Nov.23, 2007 - Just had a batch 8145. This is a very roasty, ashy batch of Expo. Itís unlike any Iíve had yet. I picked up a couple sixers and will see what this one does with age.
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Rerate: Rhird bottle from 2010, and I just have to take this beer to the top. Nothing beats this!
Old rating: 4.9.Oh yes!!!!!! Black with a lasting brown head. Malty aroma, cherry, a bit vinous, toffee, tar, nuts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, some juniper berriers, wheat and with some milky and creamy notes. Strong malty flavor without letting the alcohol show. Tar, licorice, milk chocolate, vanilla, some spices, cocoa and some toffee notes. Incredible oily palate. Bitter and malty finish, vinous notes and the late maltiness keeps following forever... LOVELY!!! Such a great beer, I want more... theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 ++++ Re Rate 25 November 2013 ++++GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of brewjay. Batch 11503 bottled 10/22/12. The pour is a deep black hazed with a bit of brown and a one inch well formed khaki head. The aroma is a nice roast, soft char along with a hint of soy. The taste is char roast right away, than a softness with soy, peat and a grassy dry finish. Nice integration of the soft flavors. The palate is heavy to medium bodied, somewhat mouth coating, then the alcohol is well integrated as it dries out the finish. Lovely as always. Lowered score says more about my feelings towards imperial stouts generally than this beer specifically. Thanks for the bottle, Jay. (8,5,8,4,16 - 4.1).
++++ Re Rate 4 November 2008 ++++
12 oz bottle courtesy of Indra. Batch 6672 from 2004 Vintage. Pour is ink black with a thick, deep dark tan two inch head. Looks like the crema on an espresso. Aroma of roasted espresso, soy notes, and what seems to be pine hop bitterness. This couldnít still be hoppy 4 years later, could it? Taste is soy, sea salt, roast and pine bitterness. Tiny hint of heat in the finish. Palate is silky, full and soft. What a great beer. This held together amazingly well with age. Thanks for giving me this one Eric, it was a real treat. (8,5,9,4,17 - 4.3).
++++ Original Rating 29 November 2006 ++++
Bottle. First big ice storm / cold night in KC, perfect night for this beer. Pour is black with tan head, some lacing. Head didnít last long. Aroma is roasted malt. Initial taste is dark chocolate and more malt. Finish is bitter with nice mellow alcohol sense. This is another great stout from Bells, would love to taste side by side with Kalamazoo. (9,5,8,4,18 - 4.4)
12 oz bottle. Poured out of the bottle with a motor oil consistency. Head was thick, bubbly, and brown, but disappeared fairly quickly into a ring around the side of the glass. A little lace was left behind. Chocolate, grain, and molasses aromas were accented by a bit of soy sauce. Creamy, oily, full bodied mouth feel. Sweet up front with a detracting metallic finish that mingled with a modest roasty bitterness. Tastes of chocolate liqueur, molasses, and a touch of soy. mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
great beer from a great brewery. nice thick beer with excellent flavor. one of the many bells i have had
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Gift from adrian910ss. Batch #7251. Pours like tar. spent motor oil is not even this dark. no head. probably should have had it aged. but oh well, Iím excited to try this. Smells like a flat DietCoke. Sweet and somehow unnaturally chemical. Most of all it has the aroma of warmness. Very sticky texture. Mostly doughy. It seems to be missing the roasted malt flavors you would expect from a IS. Full Palate...Very syrupy with dry finish and more than enough hops to balance all the sugars. Just did not seem as amazing as the ratings have proved it to be for my tastes. Sure plenty of quality ingredients, just maybe too many. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Aroma is of chocolate malts and coffee.Pours dark black with little head.Nice chocolate and toffee flavors.Thick mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 12oz bottle, Batch #7205. Oily, dark-dark brown appearance; medium tan head with strong retention at the edges and scattered lacing. Generous aroma: bitter chocolate, marshmallow, and toast. Full, oily mouthfeel showing milk chocolate, charred / burnt malts; citrusy hops still present; hints of dried fruit and vanilla. Long finish: slightly bitter and dry; plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malts. 126.96.36.199.18=4.5
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
12oz bottle, batch 7251, sample #9 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, dark brown color; minimal medium tan head. Slightly medicinal, nougat, and a hint of alcohol. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dark sticky malts, burnt malts, chocolate and a yeast character coming through; not sure what to make of this one. Doughiness and bitter chocolate in the finish. 188.8.131.52.15=3.8
12oz bottle, batch 7740, sample #15 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily dark brown color; medium tan head with patchy lacing. Pleasant amounts of nougat and toffee in the aroma. Dense, caramel and toffee-driven mouthfeel: nougat, sticky caramel; dried fruits and red fruits as the dominant core characteristic; some roasted and boozy malts. Lengthy, toffee and caramel and nougat in the finish; some chocolate. 184.108.40.206.14=3.7
Bottled. Rating number 2500. Many thanks to Kevin for sending over this gem. A black thick looking beer with a beautiful but short lived frothy coffee tan coloured head. The aroma is wonderful and huge with big dark fruits (predominantly blackberries), licquorice, coal, malts, alcohol, cigars and black bread. A real welcoming aroma. The taste is very fruity and hoppy with massive bready malts also. The finish goes on forever. The taste is maybe a little extreme and lacks any roasted character that I would look for, but itís a very well brewed tasty beer. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2006
In the bottle. Pours blacker than black.A slow cascade of brown bubbles in a dark brown head. Pours thick like syrup. Has a strong malty aroma of caramel and toffee. The palate is extremely thick. This is super-rich like a chocolate cheesecake. The roasted flavor somehow comes into balance with the sweetness and hops. Has some biscuit dough to the aroma as it warms. This is simply a big thick loaf of chocolate bread.