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 (1141) - 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. cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Great beer! Being a stout fan, I was jazzed to give this one a try. It did not disappoint! Rich and full of flavor, this one will keep you warm on these cold winters nghts. Regardless of price, this is one for everyone to go out and buy. bum76 (25) - port washington, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
my favorate stour yet... lil pricey I paid $10 foir a six pack but it did the job i got drunk and had summy yummy beer in the process
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a dark brown color, with very few orangeish bubbles on top. Smell is heavily malty, sweet, and roasty. Sweetness is molasses and heavy sugars. The flavor is dark, sweet, chocolatey, and warm. The roasted sweetness up front changes to a chocolatey bitterness further in, leaving a roasted coffee finish and quickly fading aftertaste. This brew changes throughout the drink, lending to quite an experience. I’m gonna have to pick some more before it’s all gone. Delicious. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle, pours like a thick black soup, impenetrable to light, with a dark tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a face full of darkly roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate; nice sweet start that evolves into a subtle bitter. Amazing balance and complexity. Wow, this is fantastic, and a meail unto itself. 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 (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
Nov.23, 2007 - Just had a batch 8145. This is a very roasty, ashy batch of Expo. It’s unlike any I’ve 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 (4157) - Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 ++++ Re Rate 25 November 2013 ++++
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 couldn’t 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 didn’t 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)