asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - 2005. Poured like used motor oil. Very thick dark black with red in there, creating a small tan head on top. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. A very nice aroma. Flavor is extremely rich in coffee and chocolate both. This beer is full of great flavor. Vanilla, roasted malts, and hops are also coming out. The flavors are dancing around my tongue. Very complex. The beer is very smooth on the palate also, making it very enjoyable overall. I will need to get more of this beer! Fantastic!
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: This beer pour absolute black! The head is moderate in size but rich in red brown color. A nice lacing is left as you swirl the beer, it simply looks exquisite.
Smell: Smelling this beer just absolutely teases the senses! A magnificent plethora of dark rum tobacco, leather, roasted malts, dark vinous grape aromas and more flood through the nose and straight to the brain sending me instantly into a state of awe! I guess you could simply say that it is a *very* enticing aroma!
Taste: After all the anticipation from the aroma the beer does not disappoint as it enters the mouth. It is vinous and thick. It starts off very roasty and the alcohol and hop dance like pins and needles on your tongue then as your palate adjust you begin to taste the remarkable depth and complexity with deep red flavors of grape and cherries meeting tobacco rum charcoal bitter flavor and balancing brilliantly. There are also hints of sweet like a caramel and coco with vanilla in there too. The finish is very bitter, with a spicy alcohol burn like a great bourbon. The alcohol is not shy and I love that feature as a whiskey fan.
Mouthfeel: There is plenty of rough around the edges that keep you awake and appreciating each sip. It is not *harsh* but it is certainly not easy either. This is for a fan of RIS who likes liquor. The feel in the mouth is thick and smooth. It is so creamy I can hardly imagine any beer could be creamier.
Drinkability: Simply put this beer is a perfect night cap! It is not a session beer (unless you want to hurt yourself). This beer is very big and not one I would call approachable. It is intimidating but for those who want a big ass Russian Imperial Stout stand back and get ready because here comes Bellís Expedition Stout.
Hope this is helpful.
rafe101 (1) - Marquette, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love this beer. It took me a few weeks of asking to finally get it at the party store around the corner, and I live in Mich., but they finally got a few cases in. One must really like stouts to even try this beer. My girlfriend spit her one-and-only mouthful into the sink. It was stained like coffee for a few days.
danyvatt (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing stout beer. In fact, I think this is my favorite stout beer. Some interesting plum and raisin flavors going on, as well as a very powerful but balanced flavor. Will also get you very drunk very fast.
daveco67 (18) - Marion, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had really high hopes for this stout, especially since it was coming from Bells. The beer pours like molasses and doesnít have much head. The raisin and plub aroma is overwhelmed by the alcohol smell. That smell is the prelude to the liquor taste that doesnít stop. Great mouth feel though.
drfabulous (7663) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Few words can describe this stout. It is the king. Thick. Syrupy. You can only drink one at a time.
BrewskiNigga (12) - Brewski, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If you want to get WAYSTED. Or Wasterned (Western Michigan University). This is the beer for you. 11.5% Iíve drank rum with less booze. YOu will be fighting your best friends or crying on a drunk dial. Take your pick or do both.
10 for being Wasted.
cherokeeoriely (7) - USA - AUG 18, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One great beer. Out of the Kalamazoo best I feel. Coffee flavor. I have had better stouts, just not as potent
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Pours black as tar with a small brown head and nice lacing. Huge coffee, cocoa, roasted nut & black currant aroma. Palate is thick and creamy. Flavor is a powerful bitter nut, hints of molasses, licorice & over ripened fruits. The hops are there also which blends in great overall.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. Thick. Oily. Espresso. Chocolate. Hops. Alcohol. This is a huge beer with massive flavors and aromas and extremely delicous.