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Review by James Kitchens on 11/22/18  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 13 4 7 2008
I found a 2008 bottle of this in the cellar. Figured I would give it a go to see how it held up. It was properly stored, so that shouldn't be an issue for it.

Appearance is the usual thick-ish blackness. The smell surprised me with a lot of baker's chocolate type notes. A little bit of booziness still there too. The taste is still pretty darned good., if a little sharper than I remember. The after-taste, however, brings a little bit of "funk" and sharp alcohol bite. The feel is still quite good, though.

Overall, it's good but not great. Given that this is almost certainly past the "best by" date, that's not a surprise. I think it's worth a try if you can do it, but be warned that it will be a much sharper version of anything close to fresh for this beer. It still doesn't suck, though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by sunscar22 on 02/06/14  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 4 10 2013
Popped one of these open at cellar temp and loved how thick and dark it poured. I didn't get the head other reviewers got which made me jealous but I didn't let that get in the way of enjoying the fuck out of this beer.

It let off all kinds of great aromas, very roasty.

It tasted amazing. Lots of roasted coffee, chocolate, malts, and alcohol (10.5%). They seemed to blend so perfectly with nothing over dominating the other.

It was a little flat feeling was my only criticism which could have been due to the transport through some extreme weather temps.

I love this beer and I'm grateful I was sent a full 12'ver so I can enjoy some now and save some for next year.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 05/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2010
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.

Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 12/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Old Review
Thanks to Redwood21 for this bottle. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Damn near perfect. Black and opaque. Poured a think, and oil like consistency. Had a head that I didn't think would form and left some nice sticky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, deeply roasted malts, coffee and a touch of licorice.

T: The chocolate really shines here. Coffee bitterness and malts are also present. Has a heavy alcohol taste on the back end, a bit metallic also (even after it warmed).

M: Low carbonation, thick and chewy. Alcohol heat on the back of the throat and in the tummy. Dry finish.

D: This is an RIS that lets you know the alcohol is there. Not bad, but definitely a sipper and really no need to hit more than one. Very nice brew.

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2009
12oz Bottle
$15.00 6-Pack
Bell's General Store

Packaged 10/25/07

This is a fresh bottle consumed on 11/23/07. Expedition Stout pours midnight black and actually swallows up the light present. A one finger faded brown head grew on the pour and fell rather quickly to a thin skim coat leaving somespotted lacing on it's way down. An expected expierence with the high abv.

The aroma starts off with some deeply and freshly roasted barley. This roastiness is consistent throught the aroma and everything else is just a compliment. Deeply roasted coffee beans, a quick flash of dark fruit, quick lactic quality on the second half, and a flash of spicy alcohol and mild hops on the backend.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. There's deep roasted qualities from both coffee and malts. Lactic, still green from the freshness, a touch of dak fruit, and a nice alcohol spiciness on the swallow. It's actually nice to get an alcohol kick from an RIS since most don't let the alcohol add the complexity needed.

Body is heavy but leaning more toward the medium side of the spectrum than the hugely creamy side. Alcohol fumes exhale through the nose. Spiciness warms my cheeks. There's more of a hop presence than tasted or smelled and it leaves the tongue somewhat beat up.

This, especially in it's raw young age, is a sipper without a doubt. I could easily drink a couple in a night but that's about all.

Another great beer from Bell's. Their stouts are above verage to outstanding. This is one that leans toward outstanding. I reviewed this one while it was very fresh. Up next will be an ged example and this beer ages with the best of them.

Reviewed: 11/24/07

Price: $15.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 2009
Enter SUV joke here. Pours a midnight black color with just a feint brown hue around the edge. Good clinging to the side of the glass when swirled. A very thick tan colored head with great retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is malty but somewhat limited. A very nice chocolate and molasses smell, but without the coiny/metallic notes. Some kettle melanodian aromas with a hint of chocolate. Very rich. Some minor hop notes with more of a earthy and slight herbal aroma. Mostly clean yeast but some alcohol notes, but ok. There is a black licorice and white pepper but light. Overall very nice but would like more.

The taste is similar but comes out more versus the nose. The malt is rich with a lot of depth. Malty undertones with chocolate and roast notes. Some coffee and a bit of harshness that lingers into the finish. Some minor oat/milky notes but a bit soft. The molasses backs off a bit. The yeast is surprisingly clean. Some minor alcohol notes with very nice esters. A nice plum and fig flavor with a light raisin and anise finish. Very clean and rich.

The body is big. A lot of sweetness but balanced nicely with the roast and astringency. For me a bit too astringent but really nit picky here. Overall a fantastic RIS.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
This is the first of a 6'er of the 2008 batch that I'll age the others for a while. So this one is fresh.

The Batch ID that you entered '8729', is a Bell's Expedition Stout. Your Bell's Expedition Stout was packaged on September 17, 2008.

Color is basically black, not much foam and the pour was thick. Aroma has a slight sweetness, with some cocoa in there. I get some other chocolate notes too. Taste is a little sharp, maybe due to the fresh factor. It's good, but you do get that 10+% alcohol in there at first. After that, you get a strong bitter chocolate and a decent roasted grains flavor. Finally you get that coffee taste with a slight bitterness. Feel is thick, thick, thick. And very nice.

Overall, Beagle will be happy to know that this is everything as advertised. I've had a few bad experiences with a couple other Bell's bottles (Third Coast Beer, and amazingly Oberon). But this one is all it is cracked up to be. Much like other strong, dark and thick RIS bottles, this one seems likely to age very very well.

Served In: Bottle

Review by KAF on 12/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2008
This is a great beer. I prefer it aged as to fresh. Thick dark pour with a small tannish head. The aroma is that of coffee with some cocoa. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and robust. The taste gets more complex as the beer warms. Starts with some coffee and cocoa and develops into dark fruits and some chocolate.

Price: $2.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 2 12 20 5 9 2002
first off thanks to atpayne for the bottle.
now its rating time!!!!
poured out like motor oil with no head at all.smelled like cherries and a bit of for the flavor....?DAMN!very complex.starts out with a bit of cherries,then malts,then chocolate,then coffe,and a bit of hops at the end.this is outstanding!i need more!!!!!!!!
(RE-RATE:2002 BOTTLE FROM BBB63)black body with brown highlights around the head to speak of.aroma has melted together perfectly.i pick up chocolate,dark fruit,cherry,coffee,roasted malts,and brownies.flavor mixes up the aroma along with powdered cocoa and some oxidation.mouthfeel is silky smooth and i cant detect any alcohol at all.seems like it may be a bit past its prime,but its still really damn good.(BOTTLE FROM APRIL OF 2005,RATED MAY OF 2007)WOW....DID I SAY WOW!?CUZ I MEANT IT.this must be right around its prime cuz i cant see it getting any better than this.everything has come together very nicely.its a damn good thing i have another bottle.

Served In: Snifter

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 20 5 9 2002
7/6/06-I stopped by BBB63’s place for a bit over my 4th of July vacation. I pulled out a 2002 vintage bottle. Unbeleivable. I would put that bottle of beer up against any fine wine or liquor in the world. Mike served this after a bottle of Westy 12. The 30 min period of time was one of the best beer experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks a million Mike.

1/6/06-Friggin’ outstanding in almost everyway. Mocha, molasses, burnt sugar, with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Loads of bitter chocolate, a certain grittyness to it. Very mouth filling. Long finish. Onyx black. I sure would like to see some sort of head on this bear though. Tastes great, and fills me up just fine(8/4/10/5/19)

Served In: Snifter

Review by k3n on 07/27/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2008
12oz bottle courtesy of Tangfred. No back label, and no batch #, but he states is about 5 years old. A thousand thanks for this beer I'm about to experience.

A: Viscous brownish black with mahogony edges. Minimal head and lacing. Color is beautiful!

S: Mollases, caramel, roasted malts, tobacco, sweet coffee.

T/M: Initial hit is syrupy caramel malt, tempered by background astringency and bitterness. Middle and finish is luxuriously smooth chocolate, coffee, maple syrup, figs. Keeps going after its down, and begs the next sip.

Holy cow this is good.

Served In: Goblet

Review by seaoflament on 07/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2005
Thanks to illinismitty over at RateBeer for this vintage bottle. Batch 6811 which the website says is from April 26, 2005.

A good “hiss” when I crack the cap. Pours dark and viscous, I didn’t think I would get some head but about an inch of mocha colored foam covered the head of the beer. The head lasted for about a minute and reduced to a thin ring.

The aroma is a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, cherries, roasted malts, lots of molasses, maple syrup and various sweet, dark fruits. I’m still picking up more things; sugar covered raisins, plums, maybe just a hint of soy sauce (but very little), and salty meat. After a few moments I can pick up a bit of oxidation, like wet paper. After the beer settles the aroma is pretty tame and the dominant fragrance is a syrupy sweet one, not in a bad way.

Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma. First I get a bid dose of chocolate (dark, milk, syrup) and then I get the sweet, dark, fruits in the middle which is quickly overtaken by some roasted barley and finishes with some coffee and toast. Second sip revealed more sweetness in the form of molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar. A couple more sips later I pick up some cherries, grapes and apricot pit in the aftertaste. A little bit of anise flavor half-way through the beer. Near the last fourth of the beer I can taste some dry graham crackers, multi-grain bread, a bit of vanilla, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, but the low lever of carbonation makes this one pretty drinkable…sticky lips after each sip.

Pretty tasty stuff, glad I traded for this one and will have to get more of this to age.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tangfoot on 01/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Originally reviewed 1-6-2007.

Incidentals: Batch 6811, bottled April 26, 2005. Bought today, I hope it has aged well.

Appearance: VBlack black with deep tan head that is extremely thin, but has retained well.

Smell: Has the "imperial" smell of high alcohol and also some hints of chocolate

Taste: I taste a bit of the age in it, and I'm of the mind that it would be exceptional if it were fresh. It has a very strong flavor, and is growing on my as I drink it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a strong imperial feel that sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: This is an extremely approachable Imperial Stout. After only a few sips I can feel the effects of the alcohol, but it is much less mediciny than many other Imperials.

5+ year-old bottle.

Pours out thick and black. Decent one-finger head that dissipated down to a very fine, thin film and ring around the top.

Strong alcohol, stong raisin and dates, with some malt sweetness and chocolatey goodness.

Very strong Imperial Stout flavor hits me strong. This bottle is old and doesn't feel like it has mellowed at all, the alcohol is still very prominent. Behind it, the first impression is well-oiled leather, earthy fruits (figs, etc.), and then some finishing sweetness.

Thick, oily, and leaves a strong coating on the entire mouth. Bitterness lingers on the front and sides of the tongue.

Un-effing-believable, that's what this is. A masterpiece of aged wonderment.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 10 20 5 10 0
Review from 06/10/07

On cask at the Happy Gnome 06/07/07. Glad I made sure to stop in after work.

A - Black as night opaque body. There is no light getting through this one. Big Dark cocoa colored head, one inch or so tall, made of mostly tight bubbles. Amazing retention and big sheets of lacing.

S - Robust dark chocolate is the first thing I smell when I bring it to my nose. Freshly ground expresso beans. Tons of roasty dark malts.

T - Huge and richly decadent. Starts off with some baker's chocolate taking residence on the tip of my tongue while some expresso takes over in the middle. In comes rich, dark chocolate, filling the mouth and staying for a minute. Finishes with some coffee bitterness and a bit more chocolate.

M - Super smooth. This literally could sit on my tongue for minutes and I would be perfectly happy. In fact, I let it sit there for quite a while with every sip. Big and chewy with a nice full mouthfeel.

D - Even though this beer is huge in every sense of the word, I could get into trouble with this. Cask conditioning made a great beer even better in this review's opinion.

Review from 01/24/07

Batch 6811. Packaged April 26, 2005 according to the Bell's site.

A - Did I pour beer out of that bottle or ink. Poured black and looked nice and thick and, well, inky. Nice half inch head on the pour that is a light cocoa color. Nice lacing.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, loads of roasted dark malts, expresso, slight cherry and licorice.

T - Big baker's chocolate up front. Sweet and rich. Works into nice, softly roasted dark malts. Finishes with a coffee bitterness, but leaves an aftertaste of chocolate. Yum. This defintely has aged well. There is no hint of alcohol and the chocolate seems more pronounced than when fresh. I better get some more of this to throw into the cellar.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Carbonation is minimal and smooth. Great.

D - What a great Impy Stout. I could drink this all winter.

Served In: Other

Review by Organized Chaos on 11/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 19 4 8 0
Served at room temp, pours a solid black with a small brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Yup, looks like a stout should IMO.

This has a nice smell to it, dark malts, chocolate etc.. Nice on the nose.

Taste is very good matching the smell. Chocolate, alcohol , roasted barley all encompas this brew.

Good mouthfeel, the good carbonation for an imperial stout, smooth beer.

I like this beer and was turned on to it once I started hanging out at TBS, it was a great recommendation.

Price: $2.89 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/23/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Pours a sick ass thick oily color, with what looks like the same constitution. Smell is very strong. Has alcohol and chocolate all over it, with somethign sweet in it, but I can’t place it. Taste is much of the same. THe alcohol is very present in this brew, but the balance makes it very smooth and easy to drink.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 12 19 4 9 0
Received in a trade early last year.

Served at cellar temp.

Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

Appearance is good. Opaque with no light going through, not even through the edges. Mocha colored head is sturdy off the initial pour then quickly thins out.

Smell is exceptional. Lots of roasted malts and dark coffee. Little bit of hops are detected. Intense nose.

Taste is very good. Dark chocolate, fresh fig, Turkish coffee, dried dates and a little bit of alcohol. Extremely intense flavor. One of the better tasting RIS I've had.

Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation is medium to slightly low. Creamy, smooth texture.

Drinkability is very good. Quite easy to quaff considering the alcohol. I could drink another after this one.

Overall: Love this stuff. An exceptional RIS that ranks up there with the greats.

Served In: Pint Glass

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