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Bell's Expedition Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 941 | FT: 77
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.

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bfields4

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Dark chocolate black with a foamy mocha head. So dark I can see my reflection in it.

Lots of sweet dark fruit smells. Sweet malty backing. Coffee and chocolate become more present, but the biggest factor is still with the dark fruit.

Velvety chocolate flavor. Not what I expected from the nose. Very nice hints of caramel. Big taste on this one. Seems to be almost the reverse of the nose with dark fruits becoming more present with time.

So creamy wow, one of the creamiest beers I've ever had. Very low carbonation.

The dark fruit nose's juxtaposition to the velvety chocolate mouthfeel really complement each other nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:55:54 | More by bfields4
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason there's no batch #, but I know it was bottled in 2004.

Pours absulutely pitch black with a very thin dark brown head, that quickly fades to a very thin ring that leaves only bits of lacing.

Smell; at first there was a little bit of a soy sauce aroma going on, but that disappeared after I let it sit for a few minutes. I smell dark roasted choclate malts, slight coffee presence and some anise.

Taste; wow, those roasted choclate malts really hit right up front, with a little bit of the cooffee blanded in. There's a slight bitterness for the hops, but those are somewhat subdued due to some age. I get a little bit of a vinous and molasses flavors as this warms, with a little bit of an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but smooth for the the style. I don't think I would be able to drink more than one of these in a night without drooling all over myself..

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 02:04:49 | More by RedHaze
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce, long neck, simple label with the word Bell’s, beneath which there is a strange compass like drawing on the front, with the words Expediton Stout below. 2002 offering.

Appearance: Holy Shit! - that reminds me I need to change the oil in my Car. Jet black viscous pour, I’ve seen lighter colored heavy fractions from the bottom of a tar filled Refinery Distillation column. The massive head is a dark brown, expansive & well aerated at first, after which, it settles to an incredibly smooth offering with shallow ravines & some pock-marks give a lunar landscape look about this Stout. The head eventually breaks, but not after it leaves an amazing lace. Solid inherent carbonation.

Nose: Roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate & some fruit aspects, I actually got a light whiff of fresh Strawberries at first, but mixed with the dark chocolate - I can see why people get Cherries.

Taste: Starts & finishes with a long, deep, massive bitter-roast missives, which makes it a delight to re-taste after each swallow. After a while, I get a cherry fruitiness in the beginning as well as a Cocoa powder dryness in the middle, the ending has some Vanilla aspects. It takes a while & quite a bit of concentration to work this one out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but the bitter, roasted flavors coat the mouth like synthetic lubricating oil. It takes a few swallows before the bitter-roast flavors are eroded by the mere act of salivation. Mmmm, nice! Solid.

Drinkability: I simply do not believe that this is 11.5%, is it? – Nah, never! - it can’t be! - can it? Wow, if it is, it hides the alcohol so incredibly well. I will be honest to admit that if I sampled this blind, others could easily fool me into telling me it is between 6-8%, such is the balance. Bloody Hell, my Glass is empty!

Overall: Excellent ! I am so glad I got a good sample of this Expedition Stout from Bell’s, now I know why people are so pissed when they get less than par samples of this quite stupendous Stout – it would be a huge disappointment & a let-down for me also after tasting a good one.

Thanks to BigHuge, you came up trumps yet again!!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 04:09:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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zachary80

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer this with some age which smooths it out even more, but will review it fresh. Packaged 11/1/11. Batch 10759

Super thick body on the pour. Small creamy, cardboard-colored head, last for a bit then mostly fades away. Perfect lacing.

Smell is predominantly sweet, roasty, and some coffee-like bitterness.

Flavor is big up front, again very roasty, lingering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick, perfect for this beer. Creamy.

Bell's Expedition Stout is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. (please don't) Make this a limited release and its rating would skyrocket. Also, someone needs to send a bottle to the Bros for re-review.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:41:52 | More by zachary80
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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I got home at 10:30pm after a 3 hour exam and decided to have a beer, even though its getting late and I am exhausted from a long day of work, school, tests and rugby practice. So I figure I'll grab a nice relaxing Bell's Brown ale. Maybe that mental exhaustion was too much, as I uncorked my only bottle of Expedition Stout. Apparently this was that special occasion I was waiting for...

Note: The guy at the store said this was last year's batch... no real way to tell. 12oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: A beauty, A dark mocha tan sits perched atop a black body. The head rises up as the beer cascades a bit, and then settles to a finger. Will be interesting to see where this goes at almost 11%ABV. Update: down to a nice covering, with some good sticky lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, burnt, smokey undertones. Toffee and some mocha beans. Fantastic.

Taste: Both myself and Peter noticed how strong it is right off the bat. And as that first sip sinks in I can already feel it warming my stomach. Clearly not for the faint of heart. Initial sweetness gives way to a burnt undercurrent with notes of coffee beans and chocolate. Gone is the toffee and smoked flavours, but present is a bit of an exepected hop twang. If this is last years, and this has mellowed out... one can only imagine what it tastes fresh.

Mouthfeel: The flavours just linger and linger. The carbonation level is great. Perfect for a stout, in no way overwhelming, yet there.

Drinkability: Certainly not the beer I was looking for at this time of night, or on a Wednesday, but alas... It is a sipping beer.

Final thoughts: The addition of Bell's to the Mid-Atlantic market has brought many treats over the last year. And while I do like the two hearted IPA, I can't say enough about their stouts. Kalamazoo stout is great, double cream stout is great, and this one, oh this one is right up there.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:17:52 | More by jslot38
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into my normal tasting Chalice. Appearance is black. It barely let any light through. It had a large, thick 2 inch head, that left no lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is of molasses, baker’s chocolate and espresso. Taste is mostly the same, but with hints of raisins. This stout is balanced better then any stout I've had to this point in by beer journey. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. I think I could drink a keg of this if my liver (and rest of my body) could handle it

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 05:21:12 | More by hwwty4
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Optifron

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with brown, thick, creamy head. Leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, a touch of hops, smooth French roast coffee

Taste: Dark chocolate, but without the intense bitter. Smoother espresso beans. A nicely balanced sweetness, almost like a touch of lactose.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. Was the first thing that really stood out when it hit my mouth. Incredibly smooth, creamy but not heavy

Overall: Really impressive. I like smoother stouts, and this really fits the bill. Impressively drinkable for 10.5%. Will definitely be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:46:15 | More by Optifron
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black with a tan head that fades without lacing

S - Roasted malts and licorice like liquor

T - Extremely roasty and creamy. Hints of warm alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium in carbonation and full in body. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy

D - Very drinkable RIS. Not much alcohol presence, just a little warmth. Very balanced with just the right flavors going on. Simple and refined.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:01:26 | More by Martin2D
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jayb

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This syrup poured out as black as night into the glass. when pouring it almost looked like oil, as far as its thickness. started with no head but as i finished pouring a nice chocolate milk colored, 2 fingered head appeared....then settled to a film. lacing was ...decent. a very lovely beer to behold while the head remained. smell was of sweet chocolate, burnt malts, and what my sister described as "soy sauce".
Taste: gee whiz. what a powerful brew. Most probably wouldnt think so as much as i, but from this was probably the strongest brew ive had in my limited experience. Taste was of chocolate, coffee, and a very roasty, burnt taste that lingered in the mouth. with such a sweet nose on this, the bitterness is a suprise, and a welcome one. Hint of candy flavoring, toffee and butterscotch? weird for me, id never expect that in a beer. wow, that burnt taste, as well as the bitterness keeps kicking me in the teeth! Toasty, just like my stomach. definite warming effect in my gut. Alcohol level is high but isnt a prevailent characteristic. mouthfeel is FULL and lovely, thickest ive had (I imagine not the thickest there is though) For my first imperial stout experience im a overcome with joy... and the roasted bitterness. Delightful. drinklability is low just for the fact that i could in no way drink more than two of these in an evening. Mighty tasty! Again i say, gee whiz, what a powerful brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 06:33:51 | More by jayb
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illidurit

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my snifter. Big mocha head leaves some scattered lacing and reduces to a thin cap.

Aroma is very strong, with boozy sweet chocolate and a hint of caramel. A fleeting note of red fruit as well.

Taste reminds me of Bourbon County Stout. Ludicrously rich chocolatiness with a coffee bean bitterness in the finish. A hint of estery alcohol is also present, but it's fruity enough so as to not be unpleasant.

Carbonation is modest, body is really really thick. Pretty damn smooth for a beer over 10%.

Drinkability is hampered by the syrupiness and hefty alcohol level but it's just so damn smooth and tasty! Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:03:34 | More by illidurit
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours VERY thick and pitch-black with almost no head

S- There's an overall "darkness" to the smell of this beer. The aromas that really come through are dark fruits and molasses

T- Again, very dark, but very complex. Chocolate, roasted malts, french-roasted coffee, molasses, and stone fruits all blend in a thick black sea of flavor.

M- I really like it even though there's minimal carbonation. It's so thick, it's almost like drinking syrup, but not in an unpleasant way.

D- Absolutely must be sipped upon

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:46:44 | More by JoeMayo
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dfried

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, thick and oily, dark tan head like creme brule almost. The aroma was of rich molasses, black licorice, chocolate and coco powder, and some tropical fruity notes. Some alcohol lingered but I wont knock you off your seat. A lot of coco powder in the taste as well, fruity flavors, pears, a lot of black cherry. Quite sweet and tart. Some black licorice and coffee in the background. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel, silky.

Verdict: one of the better RISs out there in my opinion. The flavors come together very well, and while it is a sipping beer, it is easy to get lost, look down, and see that it is gone and want another.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 19:21:25 | More by dfried
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a lovely, toffee colored, thick head. Lots of lacing.

S-Huge roasted notes here. Lots of char and oaky notes as well. Very bold and not too boozy for a 10.5% brew.

T-Bold roasted notes come through most prominently. Fades into a bitter char flavor with a spiced boozy finish. Very in your face but I enjoy it.

MF-Creamy, rich, smooth. Body is thick and syrupy.

O-Just what an RIS should be. Very robust and rich.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:04:10 | More by Jacurdy60
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Jables

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours oily black, black, midnight black. Head is dark tan and only an eighth of an inch thick.

Smells nutty, chocolately, sugary, and loads of it.

Definitely has nutty roasted malt flavors but also has strong sweet dark chocolate flavors present thoughout as well as some coffee.

Mouth feel is chewy, smooth, slick, chewy, outstanding.

ABV is somewhat masked at first but becomes more and more apparent as it goes down. That hurts the drinkability as does the sheer magnitude of this beer makes it too much to do a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 05:27:04 | More by Jables
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9971, packaged 9-13-2010

A - Dark as the blackest of nights, a thick and dense viscous looking body. Fairly dark brown head settles slowly into a ring.

S - Big chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, vanilla, sweet caramel. Nice complexity, and a good nose.

T - Holy cow. This is like a big smooth chocolate milkshake up front and is balanced marvelously with a dry hoppy and smoke finish. Roasted malts are what sticks around the longest.

M - Big and thick and smooth and creamy. It's almost as good as it gets.

D - Incredibly tasty, smooth, delightful.. But it's pretty big.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:33:39 | More by ColdPoncho
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, received in a trade with tavernjef, served in a snifter.

A - black as the night with a light brown head that thinned to a layer, leaving spots of lacing behind.

S - molases, black licorice, espresso and bittersweet chocolate aromas fill the nose.

T - all of the aromas I listed are blended into the taste with a slightly bitter bite on the finish. The alcohol warms, but is not tasted.

M - thick and rich, very nice.

D - a most enjoyable sipper.

Final Note: not for the novice stout drinker!
thanks again, tavernjef.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 01:15:13 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

it's black, light doesn't make it through there is no head there was a little bit of carbonation going up the side of the glass, doesn't look bad, but also nothing special

smells slightly nutty, a bit of vanilla, some chocolate

lots of roasty bitterness, a bit of chocolate and some dark coffee flavors as well, vanilla a bit of dark chocolate there is also a bit of black pepper and a bit of whisky like flavors coming from the alcohol

I found none of the problems with the mouthfeel that other reviewers did, I found it delightfully warm with the right ammount of carbonation and a nice heavy body. Seems about right for an imperial stout to me.

This is a nice beer, I might just have to pick up a sixer the next time I see this stuff. If they made this in uber limited quantities, people might just pilgramage for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 01:45:25 | More by Donnie2112
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One has to work to get a good head out of this beer, but that is the oly negative comment I have to make about this exceptional beer.

The meager head was reddish in color and the stout poured with the consistency of SAE 30 only darker. The ale was opague in appearance and had the color of dark mahogany.

The aroma was of roasted dried fruit, cherries, plums and maple and was pleasantly smokey. The flavors exploded in your mouth. Dried cherries, maple syrup, caramel, roasted nuts and a backgroung note of alcohol. A combination that I never tired of during my tasting.

The mouthfeel of this stout was viscous as one might expect from a beer of this color, flavor intensity and ABV. It was pleasant to sip and a pleasure to drink. Keep up the good work Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 20:27:37 | More by ABOWMan
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- I poured this glass kinda rough because the glasses I have had in the past didnt achieve much head at all. This pour yielded a nice big mocha colored fluffy head that throws all sorts of lacing. The beer is a the typical solid black.

S- Roasted malts, jerky, charcoal, vanilla and chocolate chip cookies. Smells really good. There is a big of hops hiding under it all, but this is dominantly a sweet and roasty smelling beer.

T- Chocolate, charcoal and jerky, some whiskey like alcohol. A very rich bittersweet dark chocolate finish. The flavors are sharp and powerful. I be some age would make this a truly stellar beer.

M- Barely any carbonation. Very full bodied beer with a creamy smooth texture.

D- Pretty warm and high in alcohol. This is one rich beer. Sip on this one.
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7/19/10
This is beer #5 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK Reviewed totally blind.

#5, quite obviously an imperial stout. Marc has me going from dark to light to dark to light. This seems well thought out.

4.5/5/4/4.5/4
Pours very thick with a head that struggles to survive. The foam is a deep red and the beer is crazy opaque.

Smells very vinous and malty. Oak, vanilla, port wine, berries, deeply roasted malt, milk, charcoal, caramel. The smells just go on and on. This is one complex beast. In many way it shares smells with this year's Dark Lord.

Very sweet and vinous, just like the nose leads on. Lots of licorice all over. A milky creaminess, dark berries, charcoal and more. This beer is huge, Id say the ABV is damn near double digits. It is nice but overall I think its way too sweet. Licorice and port wine are very strong.

Very full body. Chewy and smooth. Low carbonation. Slightly sticky, mostly in the throat.

The guy who sent it to me says he thinks its an 06 but there is no batch #. Either way this was phenomenal. It ages very very well. Thanks Marc!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:53:08 | More by MbpBugeye
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was much more exciting that I first thought - this comes out a thick, chunky, heavy black liquid that kind of "plops" into the glass with no release of carbonation at all. "Oh great," I thought, "a heavy, flat stout - yippee..." I finished the pour with a flourish but still no more than a few bubbles. I turned my back to toss the bottle in the recycling bin and by the time I turned back around - beercano! A huge head of mocha foam had risen up, out and over the pint glass leaving a small black puddle on the countertop. Even in a very thin layer in the puddle it was completely opaque. The remaining three finger head stuck around for a long time and left a surprising amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very nice - lots of heavy fruit notes with a dark sweet malt and cocoa scents mixed in.

The taste was just short of perfect. (My stout loving girlfriend may not rate beer here on BA but one sip and she declared "This is the best beer I've ever tasted!") There are very strong notes of fig and raisin on top of a rather sweet caramel and treacle base. Echoes of dark chocolate and coffee serve to finish each sip. No hint of alcohol at all - though some of the sweetness may have been due to the high ABV. Good balance to the flavors - they're all strong but none of them is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is rather impressive as well. This is a seriously heavy bodied brew with a viscosity close to maple syrup but it didn't leave a sweet or sticky residue on the palate (quite a trick) There was still enough fine bodied carbonation left to give the beer a creamy consistency similar to hot cocoa. Just a small amount of roasted grain bittering at the end but it's enough to provide a good finish.

Wow - what a beer! I can't imagine how they could have improved it. (Well, okay, if they had tossed it in an oak barrel for a few months it could have been even more awesome but that's about it) This brew was just shy of perfect in nearly every category.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 05:36:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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ILhophead

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Batch # 7740, poured into a Stone IRS glass

A: Pours with a 1/2 inch head that falls down to a thin ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very black, pretty viscous.

S: Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, alcohol, and a licorice or molasses kind of smell that I find a few of Bell's high gravity beers.

T: Very rich, strong flavor. Dried fruit, dark chocolate up front with roasted malt, a hint of coffee and alcohol coming in through the finish. Nice level of sweetness. Very tasty!

M: Nice viscosity, coats your mouth. Very warming alcohol.

D: It's pretty drinkable for an Imperial Stout but you probably wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) want more than one of these.

Overall an outstanding beer and at $2.25 a bottle it's one that I can afford to stock my cellar with. Very big beer. Big flavor, big alcohol, big enjoyment!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 05:46:31 | More by ILhophead
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of the thickest tan head I've ever seen.

S: Roasted malts are most prominent in the aroma, but I get a nice amount of dark fruits just behind them - lots of prunes and raisins. I also get a good amount of malted milk balls and a bit of milk chocolate.

T: Roasted malts pair with a balanced milk and dark chocolate as well as some caramel sweetness. Everything is so well balanced together - the bitterness from the roasted malts and dark chocolate pair very well with the caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits add some complexity in the background.

M: Medium to thick body with very creamy carbonation.

O: So complex, so well balanced. This is a great Russian Imperial Stout. I get all the flavors I want melded together into one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:24:02 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH #8864 (December 4, 2008)

Pours a deep, dense, black color. No light penetration, at all. Almost two fingers of rich mocha colored foam form on top. Retention is decent, which is not unexpected. Lacing is in thick strands.

Mild notes of dark chocolate and coffee, mix with a large presence of (very) dark roasted malts. A touch of molasses. Sweet notes of brown sugar, with hints of vanilla and caramel. Definite hints of a bourbon-like quality. Light presence of dark fruits.

Huge dark roasted malt profile. Nice amount of smokiness. Loads of chocolate flavor. Sweetness of brown sugar. Light hint of dark coffee. Slight hints of bourbon and hazelnuts. It has a mild bitter kick, right at the end, which helps balance this one out. The aftertaste is delicious.

Silky smooth and creamy. Light level of carbonation, which is perfect for this one. Only the slightest amount of sharpness and bite.

Quite easy for me to drink, but this is the style that I search out. As a sipper, this one is excellent. Be careful of the high ABV, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:00:59 | More by coldmeat23
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gregc for providing this in a trade.

Well, it certainly acts like an Imp Stout out of the bottle. 2-3 finger head, cocoa in color with incredible retention... black motor oil. Sometimes, I think I need another way to describe this, then I realize I don't... That's what it is. Looks a bit like a milkshake.
I think the entire inside of the glass is covered in thick lacing.

Aroma was a bit more muted than I had anticipated. Light cocoa.

My god is this smooth and lovely. Where to begin? Is this a chocolate milkshake or a great beer? Is there an intersection between the two? OK, I can't pretend not to know the rating of this beer which is why I traded for it. I also saw that "the bros" rated this a "C" I know sometimes I'm in a bad beer mood. I'm going to have to say that Jason must have been in that same type of mood that day. Just my opinion.
Roasted, chocolate... Roasted chocolate. Slightly nutty. Some spices Love it.

Man, this is creamy and smooth.. Big and thick mouth feel...

I could drink this all day long if not for the ABV. Just wonderful. I actually like this more than I thought I might.

Just a wonderful Imp Stout

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:56:13 | More by Reagan1984
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danieelol

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With great thanks to joecast.

Black as night, slightly tanned head.

Honey-stout nose.

Great roast character. Strongly hoppy too. Bit of sweet malt coming through.

Can definitely see how this could be considered a benchmark of the Imperial Stout style.

Mouthfeel is thick like chocolate jelly.

Just a very solid archetypal imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

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