garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say this is one of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. Thanks to Sprinkle at Crown Liqour. Iíve never seen a beer that pours as thick and black as this beer is. I have had a couple of Impi stouts before, but never seemed to be as thick and inviting as this one. The smell off chocolate coffee, and malt/caramel was intense. The thickness of the beer was almost chewy. This was a special treat on Christmas eve as I finished putting my kids toys together at 1 am this morning. I wish I had more.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
As black as engine oil and nearly as thick. The aroma assaults my nose, I donít know which I love more, the chocolate or the coffee wafting up to me. The taste was super intense. True, I poured it to cold but revisited it after a warm up period. Yeah, thereís lots of all the usuals youíd expect to find in an Impy and maybe even more. The overloading of malts and hops are very evident. Iíve heard other beer drinkers refer to certain new beers that would benefit from some cellaring "hot" and I think that the taste of this fresh is hot. Proportions seem out of whack at first glance with the hops being so in your face. This coming from someone who could probably do without hops, especially in my stouts. Anywhoo, itís drinkable, once the shock of the initial assault on the tongue wears off. I put a couple of bottles up and will revisit them in a year or 2.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 2 year old 12oz bottle, pours pitch black, thick, with small tan head around edges. aroma is amazing, loads of dark chocolate bursting out of the glass with espresso. aroma reminds me of 04 dark lord but not quite as chocolatey. flavor is just incredible and full of super dark semi-sweet chocolate, loads of espresso with a wonderfully rounded out roasted flavor. nothing burnt here. the chocolate coats my palate and stays for minutes. the hop bitterness finally mellows after 2 years.
2/24/07, another tasting from a 26month old bottle and this is amazing. additional worthy notes are thereís subtle hints of smoke in the nose and flavor. the palate is perfect, thick but not chewy, full, long lasting, and no alcohol traces. flavor is lushish, dark chocolate and coffee in perfect unison.8/4/9/5/18=4.4.
5/2/07, batch 7817, bottled 2/1/07. I donít recall expedition stout having a healthy amount of sludge in the bottle. nose has some unrefined bakerís chocolate, lots of roast, rubbing alcohol, raisins, licorice, charred wood, piney and juicy hops. flavor is pretty rough around the edges, lots of bitter roast and piney hops, medium dark chocolate, slight smoke, raisins, and licorice. wow this is really raw, extremely bitter from unrefined roast and hops. alcohol is very well hidden. body is really thick. i like some impy stout really hopped up but this doesnít quite pull it off, and it leaves me thinking itís sort of a mess. boy i really prefer at least 2 years age on this beer. scores from previous rating. 7/5/7/4/14=3.7.
sample date 9/20/07, batch#í7251 bottled February 25, 2006, cellar aged 19 months. nose is really toffee and roasted chocolate malts, sorta raw around the edges. very vinous nose. flavor has some soy notes to it, chocolate, lots of toffee, really rich and roasty with some meatiness too it. not as good as 2 year aged bottles but still better than it is fresh.
12/17/07, batch 8183, a rather fresh bottle. pours pitch black with small tan head. the aroma is chalk full of roasted notes, some coffee, and a big hop presence, the nose is a little raw and unpolished but it does smell great. flavor is a tad green but not much, lots of vinous chocolate and espresso notes, very roasty, and lots of piney hop flavor in the background. the mouth feel is full and luscious while the alcohol isnít tasted. this is one intense stout. i didnít think i enjoyed this fresh this much. 8/5/8/5/17=4.3.
1/8/08, batch 8183. man expedition stout is really like orval. every bottle is different. this bottle was far more ashy and dry then the same batch from my previous rating. still solid but this beer ranges from good to really freakin good. 3.9.
2/3/08, batch 6811, packaged on 4/18/05, so this is getting close to 3 years old. no sediment in the bottle. pours almost flat, pitch black and eventually small tan head forms and lasts along the rim. body looks slick and oily. nose is bursting with dark chocolate and roasty rich coffee notes. flavor has dark and hazelnut chocolate, caramelly, and roasty espresso finish. smooth as silk. low carbonation. hops just barely present but still adding bitterness and slight pine notes. awesome. 8/5/8/5/17=4.3.
3/20/08, unprinted batch number but I think its around 8185 or something. anyways, this batch is more roasty than usual exp. reminds me of Ten Fidy a lot. probably the best fresh expedition iíve had. hoppy still but balanced by the big roast and its really drinkable fresh. a nice hoppy roasty licorice dark chooclate brew. again this is a beer that shows such inconsistencies within batches but if it ranges from great to amazing then thats inconsistency i love.4.2.
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Wow! There are so many things going on in this masterpiece it brings tears to oneís eyes. The pour is jet black with a little tan ring for a head. The aroma is mindblowing-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and (almost)cherry?. The taste is just like the aroma-huge. This is a strong beer that you can taste the alcohol in. It slides down your throat like oil and gives a pleasant burn/aftertaste that lets you know...you are drinking greatness.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a tinge of dark brown head. Aroma is huge rosted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is even bigger, alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Plate is full bodied, warm, dry finish. This beer is gigantic.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle (batch# 7205) poured pitch black with a small brown colored head. Aromas of strong chocolate with roast, coffee and toffee. The taste was powerfull at first with a big alcohol punch, but some very nicely balanced roast and chocolate flavors come though as it warms. Overall one of the best Imp. Stouts I have ever had.
OldMrCrow (2403) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Year-old bottle, 2005 sampled Dec 2006. Pours an deep opaque black even highlighted against the brightest lights; coming from the bottle the pour seems more like india ink than beer.
The aroma is richly roasty, powerful chocolate and coffee notes, overt but not unpleasant soysauce saltiness. The flavor is intense but not brash; rather, a full dark-chocolate intensity with whispers of vanilla and cherries, cappucino with a hint of wood. The hops finish clean and like bitter chocolate. The flavors have melded together beautiful, and the overall impression is of a superb bittersweet dessert. The mouthfeel is very thick, bordering on oily, and a bit warm from the alcohol, but luxurious nonetheless.
This is a fantastic beer, and it gives me yet another reason to mourn Bellsí absence from Washington state. The one thing that keeps it form scoring higher is that by the time Iíve finished a bottle, I really have enough of the stuff for one night --- and I usually donít feel that way about Oaked Yeti or Old Rasputin. 9/5/9/4/16=4.3
Four year old bottle 2009 sampled Nov 2013.
The expected dark pour, rather limited head. Aroma dominated by cocoa, hints of soy. Flavors of cappucino,dark choclate, the faintest hint of ash. Gentle smoke, roasty bitterness late. No lapse of body or flavor after four years, just excellent intergration. In 2006, little could compete. In 2013, a beer milieu where big flavorful imperial stouts line up by the dozens in my local supermarket, the original rating still stands.
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from Bells. Dark, rich, strong yet highly drinkable. Pretty much the perfect stout with a wonderful balance of all the usual stout flavors and a pretty clean/hoppy finish.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This black ale poured with a nice brown head. This is a wonderful chocolate stout that actually has a noticeable hop finish, and a subsequent warming sensation from the alcohol. Very well-crafted and quite tasty.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black color with brown head when you can rouse one up. Rich, complex malty aroma with toffee, and chocolate predominate. Flavor is rich chocolate with just a hint of roastiness, complex malt flavors abound. If I had to quibble I would say that it could use a little more roastiness for a stout, but what what the heck. A really great beer! What a monster!