3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Pours with a dark brown color to the body and a thin tan, medium dark brown head, with some reddish light at the top and bottom of the glass. First taste is bourbon up front, with a very vivid and fresh mocha, cream and butter note, turning almost spicy on the palate mid-drink. It’s at first rich and sweet, with candied milk and sweet mocha from the Double Cream, followed by the dark fruit skins and bitter bakers chocolate that make Expedition so wonderful. The bourbon is somewhat subdued, probably helped by the lower alcohol level compared to the more boozy BA Batch 7000, but it’s the charred malt and dark chocolate with the rich and slightly sweet cream notes that just make this beer amazing. When warm it finishes with a heavier chocolate syrup note with the bourbon being somewhat more subdued. An amazing beer, with both parts of the blend working so well together, and a barrel character that compliments fully and takes nothing away.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with pitch black hued body. Glass coating, tan head. Medium retention. Aromas show medium to strong bourbon character, medium barrel vanillin, light coffee, low smoke, vanilla bean. Flavors are surprisingly smooth, bourbon, vanilla, bready. Low esters and a nicely clean roast character. Medium coffee. Full bodied, lower carbonation. Quite good!
JorisPPattyn (7721) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci à Ignace!
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesn’t have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say they’d have 95% homology.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: This beer pours a matte black color with a medium thin light brown head with decent retention. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee liqueur, bourbon and toasted malt. Rich, chewy body with loads of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor, as well as bourbon and plum. The finish is roasty and sweet at first with mild alcohol and coffee in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and a close second to the Bourbon Barrel Java Stout at this event.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 On tap at Birreria Paradiso on 12/4/07: Viscous opaque with stringy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, dark caramel and rich molten chocolate with nice oaky bourbon complexity. Body starts thick and creamy with a nice dark caramel chocolate sweetness and some lingering roastiness and coffee notes toward a smooth bourbony finish. Extremely well-balanced and enjoyable.
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours a completely opaque with a frothy, clingy-lacing light tan head. Sweet, mellow dark caramel and chocolate bourbon blend in the nose with nice oatmeal and maple syrup complexity. Body starts with a rich, sweet dark caramel and chocolate maltiness along with great bourbon oaky balance and smooth complexity. I really wish they’d bottle this awesome elixir.
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of milk chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla, coffee and wood. Very smooth. Medium body.
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at GTMW, 2 full glasses worth. This was one of those weekends where a brewer went above and beyond, exceeding its already sky-high expectations, to dismantle and re-create my Top 10 list.
Poured jet black with an explosive creamy cap of deep beige head.. highly viscous, clinging to the glass at every opportunity. The aroma was just heavenly (although in a deep, dark, and seductive way).. sweet, well-roasted dark chocolates (some darker and some cocoa) waft across the nose and are hit by a sweet bourbon and vanilla crosswind, with vanilla interplay from the Double Cream and the barrel.. toasted oak adds even further complexity. Couldn’t ask for anything more or different!
The flavor had a rich base of moderately-roasted milkier and darker chocolates accented by lightly-charred oak.. the barrel influence was not very pronounced, but did impart some sweet vanilla and even less bourbon on the latter half of the drink.. long and wonderful finish of sweet and roasty chocolates and a mild oaky sourness.. Amazing! Heavily-bodied with a perfect blend of the Expedition and Double Cream as well as a brilliantly soft, but certainly noticeable barrel influence on the beer. I hope to all the higher powers that I get to try this again!
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to Bruce for supplying this vaulable catch up rate - 15/02/14.
Light black with a moderate tan covering that thins to a swirl.
Nose is big roast, dark chocolate fudge, coconut shavings - some may say ’Classic Bounty Bar’ - red wrapper with cardboard insert naturlich, subtle oaky bourbonic drawl.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, dark toffee fudge, touch of spice, light coconut, subtle oaky bourbon, lightly oiled booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.
A solid BA impy for sure, not overcooked on the BA either, could drink this one every day!
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate malt, prune, and bourbon aroma. Black with no head. Sweet chocolate raisin malt and moderately bitter herbal and alcohol flavor. Very nice malty aftertaste. A bit rough - still nice beer though.