SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Very small dark brown head. Dangerous. Take one step back. Aroma of roasty malt, ashes, wood, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. Complex. Same flavors with some nuts, cashews I believe. Full body, oily smooth. Could be the best imperial stout iíve had, if not itís damn close.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 7/6/06-I stopped by BBB63ís place for a bit over my 4th of July vacation. I pulled out a 2002 vintage bottle. Unbeleivable. I would put that bottle of beer up against any fine wine or liquor in the world. Mike served this after a bottle of Westy 12. The 30 min period of time was one of the best beer experiences Iíve ever had. Thanks a million Mike.
1/6/06-Frigginí outstanding in almost everyway. Mocha, molasses, burnt sugar, with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Loads of bitter chocolate, a certain grittyness to it. Very mouth filling. Long finish. Onyx black. I sure would like to see some sort of head on this bear though. Tastes great, and fills me up just fine(8/4/10/5/19)
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Poured out thick like motor oil. Each sip is like Thanksgiving -- with the requisite nap afterwards. Chocolate, bitter, nutty -- very complex. It really lingers on the palate, too.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this thanks to alakanwarren and friends. Inky appearance, creamy slight head. Wonderful complex aroma. Sweet, malty, dark, deep. Pretty roasty, bits of oak, molasses. Lots of carbonation on the tongue. (sadly, I canít read the handwriting in the rest of my notes from this tasting. But it was great!)
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
) This beer greets you with a nice hearty aroma of fresh baked bread and roasted nuts with hints of molasses and dates in the background. This beer fills the glass with a black liquid that settles under a thick almond colored head. This beer is thick and smooth as it spreads through the mouth distributing a nice chocolate flavor that fades to a nice smooth mild bitter taste that lingers well after swallowing.
Brigadier (3335) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 12 oz bottle
(Batch 6811) Pours exceptionally dark - almost pitch black - with little head to speak of. The aroma contained hints of coffee, raisins and chocolate and perhaps cherries. I could pick out an initial taste of dark roast coffee, followed by rich chocolate and cherries. A little bit later a hint of smoke unfolds on the tongue. Extremely complex. Canít wait to find out how this one ages after cellaring it for a year.
(Batch 7205) After letting some sit for a year I think it deserves to be bumped up in both aroma and appearance. The sticky palate lingers and every sip gives new and exciting flavors. Buy a sixer, drink one now and then open one every four months to see how it evolves.
museofky (15) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Dark with large head, the aroma reminds me of molasses. Very smooth and has this wonderful coffee taste.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Very dark with large brown head. Nice flavors of roasted malt and bitter hops, yet still very smooth. Not quite as outstanding as Iíd hoped.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 2005-A 12 of this stuff was under the tree. Nice!!!!
Nice aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Head is nothing more than a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Full bodied, lightly carbonated that feels slightly syrupy in the mouth. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and tad bit of alcohol. Starts with flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and smoke. Finish is warming and bitter. Excellent stuff.
3-6-07. Cask at Dilly Deli. The cask version was excellent as well. A bit softer on carbonation, and with a little less hop bite. This is a world class stout. Why travel to Munster, to fork down $1.10 an ounce for Dark Lord when you can have an Expedition?
CELLAR CHECK 8-24-09: Batch 6811 is still holding up. This has been stored at room temp. Perhaps there is a very very slight hint of the good oxidation, but itís a nice melded blend of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and anise. Pours out like motor oil, thick and viscous.
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer, did not dissapoint. Dark, very dark with a nice brown head. Strong roasted aroma with an extremely subtle sweetness. The flavor is velvet goodness, with a hint of alcohol bite, that feels great!