Slayer85 (1027) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked bottle. An opaque black beer, with a small. frothy, lightly lacing, mostly diminishing brown head. The aroma is heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee), very ligfhtly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, dark fruits, blackberry, and generally berries, alcohol, wood, bourbon, hints of licorice. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation, very long finish with moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Simply stunning, outstanding, jaw dropping aroma, complex and powewrful in two words, rather nice flavor balance and it gets better as it warms. Not overwhelming bourbon and alcohol presence. Extraordinary, but I slightly prefer the regular Expedition due to a slightly "better" mouth experience. But so glad to have tried this one.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maduro pre-GTMW. Opaque black brown. Rusty beige head. Smooth bourbon chocolate aroma. Sour licorice tones. Some tobacco burn...or maybe Iím just in Maduro. Syrupy bourbon notes, distant vanilla. A burner, but rich and sweet. A touch too much bourbon-liquor tones for me,
portableparty (1876) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Busters. Pours black with a tight tan soapy head that fades to a film and some lacing. Aroma shows bourbon and vanilla with roasted burnt chocolate malt. Taste is bitter dark bakers chocolate some anise and bourbon wood and dark pitted fruit. Palate is full and sticky with a drying finish. Really nice!
radagast83 (3760) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split a large bottle with a bunch of people. Poured a pitch black, oil color with a very small light tan head, when put up to the light there were slight notes of dark brown that came around the edges. Aroma was dark fruits, highly roasted malts, with notes of vanilla bourbon. This was very smooth, a lot more smooth than I expected. There was a tinge of alcohol burn, but a lot more subdued than I expected. Very nice!
moefriedman (34) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved it!! On tap and itís really boozie. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Looonnngg boozie aftertaste going. One of my new favs
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasnít even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. Itís just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.
douglas88 (5152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle thanks to FlandersNed, thanks Steve! This was my number one want for so long. Pours out a jet black color with a small beige head. A perfect nose of Expedition Stout; dark fruit, roast, sugars, a bit of bourbon. A great flavor that is certainly dominated by Expy with all of that dark fruit and oil can goodness, the major difference is a sweeter flavor from the barrel with warmth throughout. A lighter barrel treatment than many others which is great. Awesome beer. I guess I prefer the original, but this was amazing and a world class beer.
Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Doug. This is a big beer, feels a bit thin for how large it is. The barrel character is balanced, a nice beer. Notes of chocolate, barrel, vanilla, and some fruit.
drpimento (2033) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bam-BAM! Heavy hitter!! Served at a good temperature with a large, thick, fine, creamy, tan head and lots of lace. Aroma is mostly cocoa, dark ripe fruit, old leather, coffee, a little of the classic stout roast, malt. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor is a curious blend of expansive and yet slightly conservative - similar to nose, excellent balance between bitter, sweet, and tang, the bourbon is there, not overdone. Body is perfect, ditto for carbonation. Finish is like flavor, yet the whiskey lingers a bit longer. Very easy drinking with only a hint of the alcohol at the end. Fabulous!
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Black color with small amount of tan head. Smells fantastic! Very thick malt flavor with lots of sweet vanilla complemented with chocolate and bourbon. Slight alcohol burn that fades quickly. Fantastic!