DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10 oz. draft, $6.50 at Brixie’s. Solid black color, with a bit of foam around the perimeter to cling to the sides. I’m getting a fruity smell here, mostly tart cherries, and slight chocolate and coffee notes. Maybe it’s because of being a fresh draft pour, but the taste to me in incredibly fruity. Not tart like the aroma proposed, but close to a cherry cordial. Just a tad syrupy, but still a fine texture. Alcohol is warming, but not heavy. Some carbonation remains even at the end of a half-hour sipping this glass. Very surprising and smooth for such a big stout. I missed the licorice and molasses, but that may show up if I left my bottles at home cellar for a while.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
While the label claims this beer might hold up for a long time I can tell that it already shows signs of slipping. I wish I would have tried the regular version side by side with the BA version when the opportunity presented itself. The remaining bottles will soon be drunk along with the rest of the Expedition Stouts as I wind down the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours densely with a cocoa head that slips to a thin layer of dirty head. Olives, roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate mix the good and bad. The bittersweet texture feels just a bit off the mark.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel coats the mouth with thick textures that define a rich imperial stout. Black licorice, almonds, coffee, and dark baker’s chocolate add depth yet the overall impression feels hollow at times. Despite being the weakest member of the Batch x,000 series from Bells it still merits a tick. Just drink it as soon as possible rather than letting it age another five years.
Cunningham (5749) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black color with a beige layer. Dried fruit, molasses and portwine. Full body and a soft carbonation. Slightly sweet. Complex and heavy stuff. Toffee, dried fruits, portwine, raisins and plums. Nice evening sipper. Some alcohol coming up as it get warmer.
[Bottle at bergstaden plaza at Røros in Norway]
bergstaden (1720) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you GT2 for the botle - Black with a low brown head - Sweet malt aroma - Dark sweet malt body with dark fruits, raisins and licorice - Dark malt body With fruity tones and some alcohol in the back - This was nice
djd07 (6254) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit and licorice. Similar flavors to nose and very sweet, booze is present but not overpowering, really good.
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Murky brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Packed with dark fruit, vanilla, butterscotch, brandy, and molasses. Tastes like brandy, dark rum , vanilla, molasses, tobacco, light soy, and light caramel. Light booze in the finish. Medium to full body. Surprisingly smooth too. Seems to have aged very well but I never had it fresh.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-I tucked this bottle in the back of my fridge for over 5 yrs. I feel it was time to crack it open. Pours dark brown hue with a small fizzy tan head. Not very dark from an impy stout. Nose at this age is full of molassas, sweet roast, lite soy (for 5 yrs old its not bad in the soy dept), still has very strong notes of char, roast and bitter chocolate. I would have expected the sweetness to die down just a tad, but its still there as if it were fresh. It needs more char to make it bold. Still, it has aged pretty nicely. It was borderline undrinkable fresh (which i never rated then) but did have a couple fresh bottles back then. glad tor have a rating for it though.
fletchfighters (1275) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Owen for sharing this rarity
Black pour with hints of ruby, light tan head that falls to a nice ringed collar.
Nose has notes of oxidation. Some wet cardboard, port, sherry, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits.
Taste up front was sherry and cardboard. Opened up OK and allowed for coffee, licorice, chocolate, roast, tar, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Thought more of a strong ale than a IS.
Slightly sweet, hides the ABV very well, undercurrents of fruit and roast forgive the box and sherry taste up front. Probably was wicked a year or two ago.
GothGargoyle (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, dates, raisins, soy sauce. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel, roasty on the palate with a slightly boozy finish. Taste is liquorice, molasses, raisin, dates, blackcurrant.
RussianDragon (574) - - JAN 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle was bottled on January 27, 2010. I found this by accident in my basement tonight, and decided to see how it had aged. Pours a clear dark reddish cherry color nearing black as it filled the glass, and settled nearly headless with a sparse collection of beige bubbles working their way through the viscous liquid. Light passes as a brilliant blood orange red as the beer is backlit. I also noticed very fine particulates suspended throughout the body of the beer. Aroma is massive and complex - dark fruits, port, brandy, cacao and nut character. Flavor is tawny leather suggesting salted meats, oak and vanilla, rum and raisin, figs and tobacco, and a sweet complexity that tied it all together. What an outstanding work of art. This beer has truly aged with the best of them, and I regret not having shared it due to its limited availability at this point. It may have been an imperial stout at one time, but this is closer to a barleywine or strong ale at this point, near undefinable in style. Full bodied, muted carbonation, and sweet dark fruit finish. Delicious and an incredible experience.
thomashall (336) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong bourbon boozy aroma. Taste same but slight sweetness to balance out the alcohol. Smooth finish. Great stuff!