MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice bourbon and malt aroma. very black. smooth rich palate with flavor full, but balanced with chocolate, bourbon, fruits, and malt.
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.5L bottle @ GTMW, thanks to who that was for running over there and getting this for me: Inky jet black with a minimal head or lace, oily legs. The aroma has notes of charred astrengent and chocolate malt, oak and vanilla bean, phenolic booze, prune, fig, anise and a leathery yeast profile. The taste is twangy fruits, palate biting alcohol, sweet malts and woody spiced finish. Rounded for the most part and incrediable dpeth of palate. The mouth feel is sticky and full-bodied, heavy and aggressive. A wonderful brew that sadly needs to be retired now... maybe Bells wants to do a "pooh" version ;-)
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For rating 2700, sampled at GTMW ’08 from large Magnum bottle and shared by the Bells volunteers. Pours an opaque near black, syrupy brew with no head but some fine film swirls on top. Aroma of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, some charred oak, dark raisins and a touch of coffee. Taste is full bodied, thick, no carbonation, with flavors of bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, raisins and a touch of vanilla. Finish is just as thick and chewy as its flavor with a nice dark chocolate and bourbon aftertaste that lingers long after the finish. The brew was so thick it required nearly five water rinses to clear out my sampling glass.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amazing in all regards...tap at Graydon’s Crossing, GR Mich...black as it can get with medium brown head...huge aroma in oak, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mild coffee..flavor is highly oaky, woodsy, with huge chocolate, nuts, and marshmallow...vanilla finish...creamy, dense mouthfeel...
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Opaque black with no head at all. Strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, light sherry, and some raisins. Flavor was the same with a good amount of bourbon, bordering on too much (like BCS), but not quite. Huzzah! I’ve found a new BA beer that has a buttload of bourbon but I still enjoy. Loads of chewy toffee, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla in equal portions. A bit of sherry is lighter in the background. With all the aforementioned jazz, you’d think it pretty sweet, which it was, but some dry ass wood and whatever hops still in there cut it short. Toffee and bourbon linger a while in the finish. Full syrupy body with light prickly carbonation. My glass is stained with this amazing beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black body with a small tan head. The nose is moderately sweet with bourbon, lots of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with lots of roast -light acidity, molasses, chocolate, light citrus, lots of sweet vanilla and oak. Full body is ultra soft and creamy with soft/dense carbonation and a warm finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Birreria Paradiso, the night after the Bells dinner. Pours an almost darker black than the expedition, with an even deeper more foamy orange head and better lacing! Aroma is way more intense, but not neccesarily better- tons of licorice, sharp black chocolate- tons of burnt black patent malts, nutty, light smoke, and bourbon is a bit sharper. Tons of sugary sweetness, and chocolate with hints of coffee, tons of licorice, tar, chewing tobacco, sharp bourbon, some green young hints that I get in the regular expedion new batches, and fairly bitter despite the sweet middle. A bit harsh and over the top , bourbon makes it seem even stronger than it is and is still very sweet, and not as mellow as the regular 7000- This reminded me a lot more of a Darklord. Pretty damn nice, but not quite as good as the BA expedition/double cream IMO.
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Imperial stout rating #150. First thing noticed other than a silky dark brown head on a near-pitch black body was a distinct soy note, that had me worried, but it was rather low key and later on in the drink it disappeared, so probably just a result of the slightly too-cool temperature this was initially served at.
First taste is rich and decadent buttery mocha and bourbon, extremely heavy and thick on the tongue, with a chocolate residue, so smooth and creamy, with some lighter notes of char and soy. The intensity rises over the back of the palate into a striking finish, complete with sharp bourbon, soothing chocolate and butter, so rich and decadent, creamy like fudge with just a really wonderful bourbon note, not harsh or dry at all, very vivid and alive on the palate. The high alcohol of the 7000 works much better with the bourbon barrels than does the Double Cream/Expedition blend, and at a warmer temperature there was such a serious bourbon note emanating from my glass, it was about as perfect of a winter warmer as you could ask for, relieving and relaxing you from the below freezing temperatures outside. Overall it’s an amazing beer. I was surprised it was so nice, since I wasn’t much of a fan of Batch 7000 (had 4-5 bottles no older than 9 months, which would explain the difference now). Seriously deserving of high praise.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, Birreria Paradiso, Bell’s Dinner. Pours a very dark, murky and oily brownish color; thin, fine-bubbled head with more oiliness than lacing. Very dense, buttery bourbon and dark chocolate and an impressively soft, toasty vanilla-tinged oak and intricate bourbon character in the aroma; just lovely. Exceptionally oily, dense mouthfeel: all the roastiness and oily, nuttiness of the non-BA version, with a soft, buttery bourbon character; plenty of vanilla and warming alcohol, but nothing harsh; creamy, dense, excellent bourbon throughout, without overwhelming the beer underneath. Medium, soft bourbon and chocolate and roasted nuts in the finish; oily and smooth.
Stine (1539) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bell’s dinner at Birreria Paradiso; 5.5 oz. pour. Inky black; tepid grey foam in a thin lining. Sherry, sour mash bourbon and the seared crust of creme brulee in the aroma; subtely oxidized and wooded with hints of soy sauce and some charred dark fruit. Shades of pepper and port linger near the bottom of the what actually may be characterized as a truly bottomless montage. Rich, bold, and refined, with a really thick meaty quality throughout; late suggestions of grahams and caramelized sugars, blonde brownies. Taste first presents the subtle colors of bourbon in vanilla and toasted oak; cherry cola and plenty of bright, sharp sweetness in burnt honey, hickory, peppermint and eggnog. These tones are slightly lactic and not as dark as the typical sugars of imperial stout, though the residual foundation itself is as black and chocolatey as ever could be. Softly carbonated, oily, and fully decadent mouthfeel; viscous, deep, and tightly balanced. Finishes with a type of drying alcoholic heat that suggests vanilla-tinted vodka, remaining quite sweet. Syrupy and a bit tangy in its final pulse; striking gold with the elusive success of bourbon integration in its both careful and brash disposition. Incredible; memorable.