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

Bell's Expedition StoutBell's Expedition Stout

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4,115 Ratings
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Ratings: 4115
Reviews: 1856
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%


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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a minimal amount of tan head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, and molasses. The flavor ws of roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The alcohol on it was very warming to say the least. Had a nice flavor and aroma to it. However, the aroma was very weak to start out but upon warming it was dominated by alcohol. This brew is a must try for any stout or boozy beer lover out there for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:19:49 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours jet black, with a tan/ light brown head. In the aroma, a roasty malt and grapefruity hops. In the taste, hoppy, coffee, and a sweet roasty malt. A small bitter, big body mouthfeel and a sweet roasty malt and a small grapefruity hop aftertaste. Big malt, nice hops, hides alcohol and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 16:48:44 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a deep, deep, brownish-black with a deeper purple like tone in certain lighting and is absolutley thicker then all hell. Put it up to the light, nothing? I must have a brand new batch, cuz the super dark tan head grew fast up the edge of the glass. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, very dark tan-chocolatey brown and it is nice and frothy with some bigger bubbles on the opposite side from which I poured it. Some large patches of tight tan lace cling forever. Eventually the head shrunk down leaving a nice settled coat of caramel colored head just on top. Overwhelming aroma of chocolate, molasses, corriander, and licorice, very warm and alcoholic in back on bigger whiffs. Has an extremely fresh quality, very lightly hinted dark roastyness and coffee. Taste is damn good, super smooth and silky, nicely coats and has a bit of sweet bitterness in the finish. Heavily roasted malt with some coffee and lots of dark chocolate in there. Some spices play underneath of nutmeg, white pepper, yeasty stuff, and corriander The feel is nera perfect for a Imp. stout, very smooth, rich, silky, bold, and heavy, hardly any carbonation really and has a nice little sweet twinge in the finish and leaves your tongue with a bit of bitterness on it. This an amazing brew and is very soothing to drink. That powerful 10% is hardly noticeable in the smell or taste, but its there. It sinks in about 3/4 of the way through. A great Imperial stout thats become one of my all time favs.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 11:38:00 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Smoky coffee-ish aroma has a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is smoky and surprisingly bitter, and has an undertone of chocolate and a hint of molasses. Texture is very smooth and tingly, and leaves a rather bitter aftertaste, not hoppy bitter but a tad unpleasing. Nevertheless, this is overall a darned good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 15:10:00 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very understated aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of espresso, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. It's a big, bold flavor - very robust, as a Russian Imperial Stout should be.

M: A very well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied, but not obnoxiously so.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, well made and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 14:38:16 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks rather quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell is very strong but nice. There's oodles of roasted and sweet malt on the nose and also some fruitiness.

The taste is also hugely malty. Lots of roastiness and sweet caramel malt along with chocolate and hot cocoa that adds some nice bitterness that creates one heck of a complex and pleasing experience to my palate. Wow is this ever a great sipping Imperial Stout! I did have a couple bottles of it a few years back but I think I'm enjoying it more now because of my "evolved" appreciation of quality microbrews.

I'm about halfway through now and though the abv is pretty darned high, I'm not getting any of it in the taste, just some warming as it goes down. What a great brew to have on this very cold Casper winter evening...

Bottom line: A *superb* full bodied, full flavoured Imperial Stout that borders on perfection. I can't recommend this one enough!

Thanks to ColoradoBobs for allowing me to try this beauty again!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 00:37:03 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black in color, viscous and oily. An inch of dark brown head rises and falls over the course of a few minutes.

Smell - Sweet and roasty with a hint of alcohol. Molasses and dark chocolate are very pronounced, with undertones of licorice and vanilla.

Taste - Bold and bitter. Moderate sweetness; flavors of molasses and dark chocolate are met with an almost burnt bitterness. The finish is long and coating, leaving a bittersweet aftertaste. Well crafted, but too intense, acrid and sweet. If that's your thing, you'll probably love this.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly rich and creamy; easily one of the most full-bodied brews I've had. Medium to low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 22:56:32 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil viscosity pouring out of the bottle! Brown head dissipates quickly to a nice collar.

Smells like chocolate malts, raspberries, blackberries, red apples and a bit of grassy hops. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel is uber thick and creamy. Would have liked to have aged this a while, but phuket...didnt feel like packing it in my luggage. Tastes like alcohol, dark berries, raisins, hay and espresso. This is a big beer and it lets you know it. The high hop content would allow for some good aging and let all the flavors melt together. I could see this being an A+ with a year or so under it's belt.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 04:43:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Batch #8728 - Packaged Sept. 16th, 2008. 10.5% ABV.
Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - Poured with the color and near consistency of molasses it was a visible clear dark brown while hitting the glass until it was full. The result was a pitch black beer with a loose-bubbled, one-finger, milk chocolate colored head. It stayed around for a good amount of time considering the alcohol percent which left visible legs on the glass. A thin layer was left while little lacing adorned the glass.

S - Huge roasted malts pour out with out any regard for overwhelming your senses. Carried with them are a toffee and caramel with brown sugar sweetness along side a sharp, unmistakable molasses aroma. Drifting in the background is a coffee bean burnt-ness and what seems like a light hop aroma. Up front with the malts is a slightly warm boozy spice scent too. Full of brute strength yet complex.

T - You may call this a malt punch in the mouth. One of the most robust beers I've ever encountered in my beer expedition, it's heavily bitter from the roastiness with a caramel sweetness that takes the back seat to the molasses kick, coffee roast, and alcoholic boozy spice. A touch of toffee can be sampled here and there but is pretty scarce amidst the malty onslaught. Woody notes are also present as well.

M - Full-bodied in every sense of the word, it features almost no carbonation detection and coats the mouth and throat like syrup. The roasted malts give off a hefty bitterness that balances well with the sweetness and finishes with a very warm alcohol spice. The lingering alcohol kick is a bit much to finish out with in conjunction with the cocoa powder dryness.

D - While I love and respect this beer for what it is, it is not drinkable. It's thick as molasses and twice as strong but don't get me wrong; it's a great sipper for a cold winter day. Otherwise the alcohol is a bit too present for my tastes. This big beer demands all of your attention and would substitute well for a cup of coffee and breakfast in the morning, however; one is plenty. Sip slowly and enjoy for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 01:35:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black in color with a slightly reddish hue and an awesome, dark tan head that showed great retention and laced the hell out of my glass. I can't say enough about how cool this looks at the pour.

Smell - Big, beautiful roasted malt notes along with some nice coffee and very dark fruiting, most notably figs and dates. There's also some brown sugar to this one along with a hop balance of some kind. This nose is very complex, and I'm sure that I'm missing a lot.

Taste - The bitter coffee comes out huge at the taste. All the other players from the aroma are here as well, but it's the coffee that takes things up a notch. There's also some malty cocoa to the flavor profile. This is not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel - Super creamy and milky smooth. This is a full-bodied stout if there ever was one. The bitter nature of this ale will give you the shakes.

Drinkability - I loved this stout, although it may be too bitter for some. I'll give Stone the edge simply because it has a bit more balance (with more big fruits) but this is certainly one of my Top Ten beers of all time.

Comments - A big thumbs up to francisweizen for sending me this awesome offering from Bell's. This is an experience that I'll never forget - and one I hope to repeat : )

Update - I got an '04 bottle of this from my brother-in-law in Madison, WI, and cellared it for four years. For some reason I was in a giddy mood tonight and decided to pop it open.

Oh, Lordy, is this a good beer. First let me say that this has not changed nearly as much as I thought it would after four years of cellaring. It hasn't sweetened up like I thought it would and could probably stomach another four years. Having said that, this is one of the most flavorful beers on the planet and is probably STILL too bitter for most even after four years in the cellar. Damn the torpedoes though I am enjoying the hell outta this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:50:49 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very, very dark brown with a thick brown head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like chocolate, molasses, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. It tastes mostly bitter with a bit of sweetness, like coffee, plums and/or figs, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt. The alcohol warming in the taste is noticeable, but it's not too much. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The drinkability is good, but I don't think I'd want any more than 2 at a time. I think it's a good choice as a nightcap. IMO, it's a very good beer. Another winner from Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 03:29:50 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a hefty stout. Pitch black in color with a nice bubbly head.

S - Smells of Alcohol, slight coffee and chocolate. Man it smells good.

T - Really? Wow the ABV burn is high on this one! Taste of slight chocolate with a mild bitterness of coffee maybe a slight dark fruit which is covered by the Alcohol.

M - Very heavy. A sipper for sure.

D - Well the price is similar to Founders which seems a bit smoother but I did like it as an imperial stout. Heavy but good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 06:05:44 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The King of Imperial Stouts in my opinion....we did a blind taste test a few years back and everything else paled in comparision..this is thick...rich...and chewy....black in color with a tinge of ruby red...no light gets through....the nose is sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, dark cocoa, and alcohol...mouthfeel is not quite as overbearingly thick as I remember...don't get me wrong because it is thick, but it is surprisingly drinkable...taste mimicks the nose. The dark cocoa and burnt malts emerge at first but as it warms it I get more of the sweet dark fruits....finishes with a dry bite...outstanding beer..among the best I've tried...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 22:14:05 | More by ZAP
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Over the years, as my tastes evolved, I think this is one of the beers that's seen the greatest falloff in palatability to me. The first time I reviewed this, I gave it a 4.8 or 4.85. Batch 8728 from Sept 2008.

Jet black with a dense, very dark brown (almost Hunahpu's-like) that falls off to a ring, leaving a little lace. As always, very motor oil-like. The nose is intense. Licorice and soy are most noticeable, and there's dark chocolate, plenty of roasted malt with a firm, grainy bitterness on the back end. Molasses is also quite noticeable. Alcohol is *very* well hidden here.
The palate is quite gargantuan. Massive waves of flavors roll through, with licorice and molasses being most noticeable. This is closer to the British interpretation, with the only sweetness present being roasty, bitter and grainy without much caramel or brown sugar, both which seem to be embraced by more brewers because they make for more drinkable beers. Thankfully, the soy that I picked up on the nose isn't as intense on the palate. Fresh, I remember this being pretty hoppy, but 2+years has given this time to mellow out and the hops have pretty much disappeared. Quite sweet without being cloying (in no small part, thanks to the lower levels of crystal malt?) A little ashy as well. Again, a touch of soy appears on the finish with some licorice. Full in body with soft carbonation, this beast is a treat on the palate, but ultimately, too intense to be drinkable in large quantities. Still, this is an intense sipper and a rewarding one.

**Original review dated 01-23-2008 03:11:43**
4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5
12oz bottle (Batch # 8145) poured into my Duvel tulip. Poured like motor oil

A: Jet black with a dense 1 1/2 finger head. Good retention and lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some hops right up front. Definite vanilla presence. Hints of alcohol. Excellent! As it warms up, a bitterness reminiscent of licorice is apparent.

T: Damn, this is one tasty beer. Massive chocolate, espresso up front with a wave of creamy vanilla. A smorgasbord of all flavors dark - roasted malt, molasses, licorice. The finish is mildly bitter, with a touch of hops and some licorice.

M: Soft, creamy and viscous. Perfect

D: This goes down easier than it should and i will pay for it if i have more than a couple. In any case, this one's near perfect.

Get it. This is a new favorite of mine

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:34:17 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Sean227 and mymrnngjckt poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with ruby tints around the rim. Even with a vigorous pour, the head is fairly small and dissipates almost immediately leaving very little lacing.

S: The smell has a quick hint of dark chocolate and espresso up front before giving way to a massive roasted malt and molasses sweetness with a noticeable alcohol burn in the nostrils. Hops are barely noticeable as far as I can tell.

T: There really is a lot going on with the taste. The initial taste of chocolate and coffee gives way to the aforementioned sweet molasses malt flavor followed by dark fruits in the form of raisins and plums. The finish has a slight hop bitterness and a definite alochol burn.

M: Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy with very little carbonation. Very thick and decadent.

D: Drinkability is OK for the style though I couldn't see myself drinking more than one in a sitting. This is a very good RIS but probably not in the top few I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:55:09 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer sit peacefully in the fridge for 6 months after purchasing.

Appearance- Pours a dark, spent motor oil color. This is a good thing. To quote the great Garrett Oliver on his opinion of this beer,
"...seems to absorb light, mopping it up like a black hole in space." I couldn't agree more. A film of foam is leftover after the pour and gradually thins to a ring around the beer.

Smell- Reminds me of 7-eleven coffee that has been sitting on the burner too long. With some smokey and burnt malts mixed with a little mocha.

Taste- When the beer is a bit chilled, the flavor of mocha and smoked malts ndominates with a little grassy hops jumping in. Once it warms to almost rom temperature, the flavors take on a slightly milky and dark roast 7-Eleven coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- Oily, heavy, syrupy, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 20:02:22 | More by scruffwhor
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a bit of sweetness. Taste is the same, chocolate, some hops, a bit of coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 10:07:31 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 10/2/12, so it has a little over 9 months under its belt at this time.

Appearance: entirely black body with two fingers of extremely rich and creamy tan foam. Wonderful.

Smell: richly malty with lots of roast in the works. Very good indeed, but it lacks the complexity often found in the style.

Taste: now that's more like it; we start off with a rich and bitter roasty character. Some dark fruit flavors are beginning to develop at 9 months: raisin and date especially. Some lighter fruity character from the alcohol is also present, which adds a nice depth. It finishes off with a mild bitterness and a little bit of vegetal hop flavor, but this doesn't detract too much. A nicely complex and very tasty RIS.

Mouthfeel: all the body in the world, this thing is like black oil. Not a huge level of carbonation, necessarily, but the massive body has a wonderful smoothness that I love.

Overall: this is a very delicious beer. Since this was my first Expedition, I couldn't wait to age it any longer; I just had to dive in. In future, if I can get my hot little hands on some more, I will age 2-3 years and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:20:30 | More by flagmantho
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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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is black with a medium tan head that has lots of retention and great lacing.

The aroma is very malty, lots of sweet chocolate with vanilla and hops right at the end.

The taste is off from the aroma with lots of coffee on the front and big hoppy finish.

The feel is very heavy and viscous with a decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 15:31:58 | More by jrallen34
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am stunned by this amazing concoction. A masterpiece through and through. It is easly the best imperial I have tried. As good, if not better than the much heralded Storm King.

Expedition pours pitch black...light enters but cannot escape. A wispy tan head appears, but the beer itself is hardly carbonated. Makes the mouth feel wonderfully slippery.

Smell is of dark fruit, charcoal, sharp hops and alcohol. Taste contains all of these plus expresso, chocolate, molasses, caramel, and faint vanilla bean. Starts with some burnt sweetness, the comes the onslaught of the hops (cascades?). Even the huge hop profile is quickly buried beneath the avalanche of massive roasted flavors. Alcohol is not too evident (especially for 10%ABV) but provides a delighful warming sensation.

Very well integrated right now, but I can't wait to see how this matures. Kepping my hands off the rest will truly test my will-power.

Update 3.22.03:
(2yr old bottle.) Holy shit.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 01:07:55 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Small, brownish-orange head that dissipates quickly. Virtually opaque black body with just a hint of ruby showing through.

S - Roasty malt aroma with subtle notes of both chocolate and coffee. A velvety hop note lurks in the background as a nice complimnet to the roasted malt.

T - Sweet and malty up front with some deep, dark chocolate flavors. Hop flavor kicks in early with a resiny, velvety smooth note and a round bitterness that compliments rather than cuts the sweetness. The finish is strongly bitter with competing bitter components from the malt and the hops and lingering notes of coffee, tobacco, and smoke.

M - Very thick, oily body with low carbonation and a sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable considering how huge this beer is. The flavors are profoundly dark and quite complex, and the only flaw I can find is the mildly hot alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 04:41:27 | More by nickfl
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque, viscous, ink black. A small tan head of less then a finger forms, but sticks around as a cap. Not much lace.
S: The aroma is of roasted malt. Milk chocolate and some liquorish. Smoke, dry wood/oak aromas as well. A huge nose.
T: Roasted malt and chocolate again. The malt seems sticky and chewy. Sweet toffee and some liquorish. A little one dimensional, but good.
M/D: A full and thick body that is low on the carbonation. Creamy and velvety smooth. This is a good beer to sip on, but one is more than enough for a night.

This is a good RIS. One of the thickest I can remember trying. Something I would recommend for the stout lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:50:25 | More by champ103
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blackie

Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my introduction to the Midwestern beer world, or maybe it was Two Hearted. In any case, a review is long overdue.

a: Pours a nice brick-mocha head with decent retention. The beer is a deep brown in color, essentially black.

s: Rich roasted malt aromas coupled with earthy, pine hops. A touch of creamy bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Welcome ethanol note. Very rich.

m: Carbonation on the low side, and very smooth. The body is very full, and everything balances out very well. Creamy. Can't ask for much more here.

t: Roasted malt backbone with a big dose of piney Centennial hop flavor...perhaps killing some complexity. A range of creamy roasts makes up the bulk of the flavor, with a touch of smoke coming through. Moderate bitterness in the long espresso finish. A great RIS, but this fresh the depth is lost to the astringent roast and fresh hop combination.

d: easy enough for the style

batch 8295

bottle dated 9.25.13 consumed 12.06.13 - 5/6 on this rootsy Bell's night - perhaps my first realization of what an ris or double stout could be, lovely black in color with a rich mocha head, the nose swims with rich, impressive dark chocolate played off blackstrap molasses, coffee cream, tobacco fruit leather, the trademark soy sauce, and a touch of pine hops, full and smooth in body with a low, creamy carbonation, the flavor follows with dark chocolate, molasses, charred sugar, tobacco, dark fruits, and a nice little pine hop flavor and bitterness...incredible and tough to beat in the ris world, no hype, no frills

previous scores 4.5, 4.5, 4, 5, 4

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 04:32:42 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. The beer was completely black with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is rich with malt and chocolate and other things that kick ass. It's perfect for the style, maybe even better than Batch 7000 due to easier drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 00:59:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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