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

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BA SCORE
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4,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,873
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 374
Gots: 941 | FT: 77
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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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kk73

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Batch #9512.

A - Pours out midnight black with a slightly reddish tinge around the edge of the glass. A dark mocha one finger head that doesnt hang around leaves some lacing.

S - A big roasty and smokey profile with touches of molasses and some brown sugar.

T - Rich dark chocolate and roasted malt. Slight coffee like bitterness on the finish. Very little alcohol detection.

M - Full bodied, rich, thick, and chewy. Light carbonation which to me is perfect for an imperial stout.

D - A nice Russian Imperial Stout. Really drinkable as I do not detect as much alcohol as others do in the reviews Ive read. Although that being said one maybe two of these and thats it. Its so rich, thick, and chewy which makes it a nice slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 08:41:54 | More by kk73
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Dark brown and opaque, with a healthy head. Served in a tulip glass.

S: Roasty and chocolaty, some subtle spicy notes.

T: Smooth and chocolaty, some coffee, wonderful malts, moderate alcohol.

M: VERY smooth, creamy, thick body, minimal carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, and good to the very last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 18:41:49 | More by Rifugium
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

black with a darker head than most stouts big lacing from the head with a slight film on the side of the glass reminiscent of wine lacing. big dark fruit and alcohol in the nose right up front. sweetness as well. wow, the flavor is strong and out of control. first strong bitterness and then roasted coffee, which was not present in the smell. definitely makes you pull back and sip on her and unfortunately it's not as good as I expected. Though it has some potential, seems a little too fresh for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:57:33 | More by Blanco
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (batch 10068) received as a great extra in my latest trade with jpmclaug. Thanks - this one is long overdue...poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours thick and oily/syrupy looking coming out of the bottle. Pitch black without a hint of light allowed to pass thru it, even when held up to a light. A low dark mocha colored head fades quickly and leaves only a thin collar and a vague attempt at lacing on the glass.

S - Dark and roasty in the nose. Heavily scented with licorice that blends into coffee, bakers chocolate and a hint of burnt malt. Faint touches of caramel and vanilla round things out nicely.

T - Very bitter with a good dose of heavily kilned malt. They is a heavy char that lingers throughout the beer - burnt toast, charcoal, espresso beans and some accompanying acidity. The licorice in the aroma makes an equally strong showing in the flavor too. Dark fruits - prunes and a bit of raisin-like flavors creep into the mix. I really don't get much for hops - I think the scorched malt contributes plenty of bitterness and overwhelms whatever hops are here. Alcohol is practically non-existant in the flavor which is pretty impressive being a 10.5% beer.

M - A strong point for this beer. Body is full with a thick and viscous but oily slick feel. Carbonation is on the lower side giving barely a tingle, but works really well with the big body. Incredibly smooth...very nice.

D - Incredibly smooth...the intensely burnt character is a bit on the intense side and limits the drinkability a bit. Perhaps it just serves to slow me down a little bit in emptying this glass, which is probably a good thing considering the strength of this beer. I'd definitely be up for another one right now if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:51:51 | More by portia99
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Jet black pour, slight white head, minimal lacing. The aroma has a ton of molases, dark fruit, and alchohol. It taste like it smells, sweet molases, and dates. It does have a lingering alcohol burn, along with a sweet finish. Definitely a full bodied sipper. It has a nice creamy mouth feel, the carbonation is fair. A very good RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:04:26 | More by bonkers
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a small chalice

The beer pours black as midnight, with no highlights at all. There is about one and a half fingers worth of dense dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving behind spotty lacing.

The aroma is big and roasty with lots of chocolate and coffee, and to a lesser degree dark fruits and even a bit of citrusy hops. The alcohol is present in the nose, but not as much as you would think at 10.5% ABV.

The flavor is much bigger than the aroma would lead you to believe. Loaded with caramel and chocolate, and accented by roasty grains and coffee, this beer screams desert. The dark fruitiness is just barely noticable. The hops are noticable, but not enough to get in the way of the sweet, desert like qualities of the beer. Full bodied and creamy with a very restrained carbonation. Finishes sweet with just a slight alcohol burn. Remarkably drinkable for the style and ABV.

Just an amazing beer, I will definately be picking some up to cellar, I am interested to see how this beer tastes with a couple of years on it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 22:00:49 | More by CBlack85
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winegourmet76

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer karma to Nick who bestowed this to me. Three years old. I have heard great things and love the style, was elated to try this one.

Appearance: black as night, aggressive pour, brown head, good lacing

Nose: remarkable, and I have had some amazing wines in my time, but this is irresistible to a great nose. Dark rich chocolate, like 80% cacao, followed by rich, rum and brandy macerated raisins. Very few beers warrant savoring the nose for so long as this one. So rich, so indulgent, can the flavor measure up?

Taste: brandy, chocolate-covered raisins, smoke, this one is definitely in its prime. Mostly I get the rich brandy/rum flavors, which is a nice change from the usual roasted coffee IRS flavors. Only the Bell's Batch 7000 that I was fortunate enough to try bests this one in complexity.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, expected it to be more creamy.

This is a beer that ranks in my top five, hands down. So rich, so complex, I wish I had some to share with my friends. This beer is exactly why I love this style so much.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:57:29 | More by winegourmet76
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A dark, chocolatey dark stout. Average head. Low carbonation.

S - Many spices prevalent. There are a lot of moving parts here

T - Smooth for a strong stout, but at the end there are multiple flavors popping up. Fruits, chocolate, malts, spices, etc. Too many to be able to pick out individual items.

M - An explosion of flavours. Low carbonation.

D - I rank it low in drinkability because the high alcohol content is not masked at all. It is too overwhelming. You are done after 1, even though the taste is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:08:15 | More by BeerDawgs
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madarab55

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Hardly any head to speak of, except for a cotton-ball sized bit in the middle of the glass with no lacing around the rim. Dark brown hues in the color, basically what I was expecting.

The smell has a very sweet, dried fruit smell. Not exactly raisin, maybe a bit of apricot? Not quite sure, but it does smell good.

My first sip I was blown away by this. It didn't smell anything like the way it tasted. The first surprise was how boozy this thing is. It tastes like it has been aged quite a while, but is a new batch. There is a delightful sweetness that lingers underneath the rum/bourbon taste about halfway through. The finish is an exceptional coffee taste that stays with you for quite some time.

In other words, it's not the best I've ever had but solid nonetheless. I'm looking forward to re-visiting the rest of the six pack I bought. Although it was a little on the pricy side.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:29:44 | More by madarab55
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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

on tap @ itap soulard

poured into a snifter

pour was deep black chocolate with a deep cocoa colored head that filled the snifter. tons of lacing left behind, nice retention

lots of rich chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee, and a light roasted flavor.

lots of roasted coffee and malt with a very rich sweet chocolate flavor that held through out the middle. a nice mix of sweet dark fruit beneath the roasted flavor. a defining citrus hop flavor through out and in the finish. mostly grapefruit and orange.

a bit harsh but smooth also. carbonation had some bite. very little noticeable heat.

this was delicious. as far as fresh, its far better on tap. bottles need age, tap does not.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 01:55:57 | More by hooliganlife
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rundocrun

Iowa

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

A - pours dark brown/black with a nonexistant head. This stuff is THICK it sticks to the side of the glass when you tilt it!

S - Figs, raisins, dark fruits, slight alcohol aroma.

T - Syrupy sweetness with figs and raisins up front. Heavy malts next. Bitterness hits the back of the palate toward the end. Definite booze detectable after the initial sweetness - not surprising since this stout sits at 10.5%

M - again, this stuff is definitely thick and syrupy, which is something you can expect from an imperial-style stout. Very light carbonation.

D - Being the lightweight that I am, one is definitely enough, but the overall character of this stout makes every sip a pleasure

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:34:54 | More by rundocrun
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #9971

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a dark black with a thin brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is raisin with a bit of a rum flavored nose. Some boozy flavor is slipping out in the aroma and gives off a bit of a dry fruit flavor.

The taste is a bit rum raisin, is warm with a heavy alcohol flavor and taste slightly like a bananas foster. Some caramel flavor mixed with a toffee like crunchy flavor.

The feel of this beer is big, with a high ABV giving this beer a punch that was unexpected, this beer has you on the ropes. A really fascinating stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 09:33:46 | More by Duhast500
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

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

Batch 9435, aged at Zipp's, not my home.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass an impenetrable black with a solid mocha head that left a thick, hearty lacing down the glass.

I must say that all I could pick up from the nose was molasses and licorice. For a RIS, I really was expecting some chocolate and coffee, but I got neither of these from the nose.

The flavor followed the nose almost exactly, but there was a hint of chocolate in the end that was lacking in the nose. Also picked up some hop bitterness at the end.

Yummy, creamy smooth feel. Not a ton of carbonation, but wasn't expecting this in a RIS. Hit the spot.

I was disappointed. I've not had this beer before and thought one that was aged a year (or more) might be better. I'll try this fresh and see if I like it better.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:48:52 | More by BuckeyeOne
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9971.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Would like to have seen more of a head with how vigorous this pour was...I've heard things about the carbonation of this, and now I'm a little worried.

S- roasted malts, licorice, brown sugar...odd that I'm getting no coffee or chocolate out of this. It is what it is...a departure from the normal stouty aroma. Interesting

T- very bitter chocolate and coffee, with a slightly sweet finish...the booziness is coming through a little bit as well. Really strong flavors...might need some time to mellow out a little

M- really, really chewy. Super thick. About what you'd expect from a RIS

D- I've got a couple of bottles aging, I wonder what that would to do the flavors in this one...I think I'd like it a little better with the age on it

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:15:53 | More by bigfnjoe
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Batch 9971, bottled on September 13, 2010.

A - Pours a viscous, black motor oil black that culminates in a visually impressive, 3-fingered, dark mocha head. Retention is fantastic, and if it weren't for how slowly this beer drinks, it would last for more than half of the life of the beer. Body is pitch black, with only the slightest bit of chocolate highlights appearing at the bottom of the snifter, where it's at its thinnest. Lots of beautiful lacing as it drinks.

S - The nose is very sweet, full of malts and chocolate goodness. Also some appearances of thick molasses, raisins, and licorice. Throughout the whole nose there is a lot of alcohol presence. Overall a thick and heavy smell that is a bit intimidating.

T - First impression and all I can think of is that this is thick, chewy, and comes with wave after wave of flavor. The malts have a sweet, burnt flavor that contributes a nice, robust coffee flavor. Next comes some bittersweet chocolate and the dark fruits. These fruits help give a nice sugar characteristics that complements the high alcohol heat that this beer currently exhibits. A nice touch of hops at the end to complement the alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is thick thick thick. And syrupy. Even after a few minutes between sips, all of the flavors still dance on the palate and there's a noticeable coating on the mouth. A long lasting bitterness in the finish resembling that of bittersweet baker's chocolate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Even though this beer screams complexity, it's just a bit too much in terms of mouthfeel and alcohol. Being a little over 2 months old, it's still a bit hot for a RIS, so I can only assume the heat will dissipate after a few more months.

Overall, this beer seems like a more robust, thicker, more alcoholic version of Storm King, which lasts with me throughout the experience. I'm hoping some of the bitterness will round out more as it ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 22:59:39 | More by nhindian
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jrsully77

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This didn't strike me as better than other RIS

Dark richness, coffee, chocolate

Excellent, the perfect blend for an imperial stout. The heavy ABV is masked completely. Heavy coffee and roasted malts. I picked up milk and dark chocolate.

Thick and satisfying

For a RIS this might be the smoothest I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:40:11 | More by jrsully77
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mweso2000

Georgia

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

Pours black with a tan head that quickly goes down. There is not much head to speak of. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel. The alcohol slightly stings my nose. Paired with Thanksgiving dessert of apple pie and pumpkin pie. Tastes go well together. Slightly bitter with a taste of bittersweet dark chocolate. Coffee tones work into the mouth. I expected this to be a little tougher to drink with a 10% abv, but the alcohol is not overwhelming and drinks quite easily. Probably not a beer I would have more than two of though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:40:53 | More by mweso2000
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chalsk

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of toffee, caramel, and hints of dark fruit. Yeah, this is a good stout. You have the sweet hitting the front of the tongue, the bitters on the back with hints of smoke. You can also taste sweet caramel and some coffee/toffee flavor. Ultra complex, but everything is work so well. A rich beer. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 02:05:42 | More by chalsk
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of TMoney2591, via the Support Your Team BIF. Thanks for this one, dude. Batch 9435, 341ml bottle into a snifter. Almost a year on this one at this point.

Pours a heavy and thick black with a short milk chocolate brown head, both thick and creamy. Tons of beautiful lace. So much in the nose in terms of dark fruits (figs, plums), licorice, molasses and a touch of milk chocolate. Molasses and dark fruits lead the charge on the tongue, and flows effortlessly into some bitter dark chocolate and dry coffee beans. Finishes slightly dry as a result, full and syrupy with a ton of body. Excellent mouthfeel and outstanding drinkability for the alcohol content. One of the best I've had, easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 18:54:15 | More by liamt07
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Opague black with an extremely thick coca-cola colored heading. Stays around for a little white. Great lacing at first then turns flat.

Smell is more or so very ordinary. Heavy roasted aroma with a decent backing of chocolate. No heavy alcohol detected.

Taste is insanely hoppy. Something that caught me off guard for a stout. Black licorice and a heavy warming booziness that burns the tummy.Alcohol is not very well hidden.

Mouth is rough. A bit chewy and thick like molasses. Full bodied for sure but not too smooth.

A decent RIS. A bit overhyped IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 21:21:00 | More by TheFightfan1
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matthewalee

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

S - bottle

A - really really black. About the darkest car oil possible.

S - 30 minutes in....smells like a hoppy fig! Love it.

T - like motor oil, which isn't a bad thing for a beer that's going to only (in my opinion) get better as mellowed out a few yrs from now. The taste is really easy, but not easy to do a lot of. In my opinion at the point, I do want some more though. I really dig Expedition Stout...its more of me not being able to completely understand this beer with the great complexity it has at this time.

M - thick mouthfeel, even on sips...Good Carbonation for this beer. Tastes GREAT overall for sure this season!!

D - not more than 1 in a sitting, but can't wait to taste some with 3-4 yrs on them.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 06:32:20 | More by matthewalee
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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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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a tough one to review, because I consider it one of the "I just saw the light" beers that turned me onto craft beers years ago. I still remember where I was the first time I tried this brew.

I had this on tap (and on tap for the first time!) at the new Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Poured the blackest black of any black you will ever see! The almost two finger head (yikes!) was roughly the same color as black coffee, with about a tablespoon of milk. I didn't have any night vision goggles handy, so I couldn't see if there were any bubbles lurking or not.

S: Bitter, dark chocolate, roasted (almost charred) barley, and a hint of licorice.

T: Did I mention bitter chocolate? Jeez, this was one bitter mutha! As a matter of fact, this brew needed more sweetness to help balance some of that "pure grain coffee ground" quality that I found a bit offensive. Still, the thick body on this sucker should be studied by every novice craft brewer on the planet.

M: Thick, but not syrupy. The lacing was fairly subdued, considering the brew's octane level. The carbonation was good here, and I didn't find the booze offensive in the slightest (although others on BA definetely have).

D: It really pains me to no end to state this, but I feel there are at least five other Imperial Stouts in the immediate area that blow this out of the water. Still, I totally respect this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 03:50:45 | More by Chaney
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05Harley

New Hampshire

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

Batch # 9435 which was bottled on 11/11/09

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $17.49/6-pack

Appearance: Pours pitch black like motor oil with a light brown creamy head. A decent amount of lacing stays behind just to remind you of where you began your experience.

Smell: A heavy blast of dark chocolate, holy sh_t! Need I say more, chocolate..

Taste: Big dark chocolate taste with some roastiness. A touch of molasses and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel: Chewy with a heavy body and an oily feel. Alcohol warms things up in the middle which is not a surprise @ 10.5%. Not very smooth due to the heat. Could use a little more carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry.

Drinkability: This one's drinking damn good this time of year and with some age on it. Pretty good balance. Definitely worth putting some cellar time on it. It's just too hot for me when it's fresh.

**Update 12/15/11
I've been drinking some 08's right now and it's drinking like an A+ beer. The heat has settled down and it's just fantastic with a couple of years on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:02:52 | More by 05Harley
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Meerkey

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark. Almost black. Raw umber? Completely opaque, even when held up to the light.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Bitter. Malt. Very strong. Smells quite good.

T: Whoa. Creamy and sweet. A lot of the chocolate and coffee, the alcohol is present as well. Really complex.

M: Creamy and smooth, with carbonation and alcohol to kick in to keep it interesting. Bitter aftertaste.

D: This is wonderful. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 22:47:33 | More by Meerkey
Bell's Expedition Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 4,406 ratings.