vyvvy (5857) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown / black with a dark orange / brown head. Aroma has roasted dark malt with char and dark chocolate. There is also a fruit aspect showing some dark cherries and some dry vinious qualities. Incredibly thick body with some stickiness and a good amount of soft carbonation. Starts creamy with heavily charred malt and dark chocolate. There is vanilla and spice in here as well. The finish has vanilla, a good amount of spice and roast. There is a bit of heat on the finish. Excellent stout.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Extremely Dark and thick. Strong malt aroma rises up as soon as it is poured. Intense bitter flavors of coffe and chocolate along some bittersweetness. Alch content is high, but is blended well with chocolate and light hop flavor and caramel.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanx to my man Sean. Thank you so much kind sir. Thank you. Thanks. No.. I mean it.. Thank you :-)
Pitch black with a creamy brownish head. Wonderfull. WOW! Aromas and flavours of ryebread, coffee, dark chocolate, dark cherrys and brwon sugar. Wonderfully balanced. Great bitterness level. Amazing stout.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with after4ever. Pours an opaque blackish brown with a thick brown head. Big, full, chewy body, so much that anything afterwards would seem relatively light. The taste is liquid fruitcake with hunks of chocolate and a layer of molasses on top. A bit of smoke and bitterness make their way though in the finish.
after4ever (7577) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz., courtesy Tever--and thank you! This is amazing, amazing stuff. Jet black viscous goo on the pour, topped by a thick sudsy/moussy tan head you could float a quarter on. Smoky, fruity, roasty nose, and all those things show up in the palate, along with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and more as it warms. Astonishingly good.
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle (Conditioned)
FRESH: 6672 (must be mislabled: their site has this as being an Amber Ale made 11/04. the date is probably right though) Anyway itís almost 2 yrs old and this is ok for cellaring, but being on the top shelf exposed to fluorescent light every day might have had an impact
PURCHASED @: Binnyís
COST: $2.69/12oz bottle
HEAD: None...at first, then it rose slightly and then diminshed; red in color; a few huge soapy iridescent bubles among the smaller ones
TRANSMITTED- Blood Red
AROMA: faint medicine; average hop
PALATE: sticky, flat conditioning
TASTE: cherry flavored cough syrup; cloying, sweet acidic cherry flavor; astringent average lasting aftertaste
COMMENTS: I was really looking forward to this, but it was nothing like I expected. I had a flashback to Vickís 44-D cough syrup. Could this Imperial Stout with ABV of 11.5% become lightstruck? this made my cheekbone muscles cramp up. Kalamazoo by this brewer is the best stout Iíve ever enjoyed. This is a big beer though, itís like climbing a wall. To me the Hop and Cherry flavors didnít mix. My throat and torso burned for hours after consuming this. Did I drink it too cold? did I get too much sediment? Is this diactyl flavor from being light struck? or do I just not like the hop/fruit balance?(Iíve stated before that I really do not care much for fruit beers...)
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- If I owned an Astin Martin(but then I wouldnít be washing my own car or mowing my own lawn then now would I)
WITH FRIENDS- if they are buying
SIPPING- if I had a fresh one; or one that was cellared correctly (sipping is the only way to get this one down)
GET MY BUZZ ON- if fresh
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Kookfest. Citric hops and very roasty malts with coffee and chocolate but mostly roasty char. Intense flavours. Sweet malts and hot bitter finish. Tasty and full on. Slight clash with citric hops and malts but despite this and the over-roasted malt I enjoyed this.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ohio beer pickup! This one is the DARKEST beer I ahve ever seen. Also probably the most filling stout Iíve ever had as well. So you know itís black! Itís taste is definitely amongst the darkest of the malts, and they taste about exactly as they would smell. Lingering back and forth between bitter and sweet, chocolate and coffee. Thereís smoke here too and a hint of brandy or brandywine. I canít believe it. Very strong stuff. Got a 6-pack and Iím sure itís gonna last a while. Definitely one to have as a delicacy.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Expedition Stout justifies superlatives. Its hop aroma closely resembles Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but its malt aroma is in its own class. It balances roast and sweetness perfectly. The flavor is massive roasted barley malt and PNW hops blended perfectly, with a few phenolic yeast artifacts (Islay single malts came to mind). Bellís manages to disguise the brute strength very well indeed. The finish is quite clean, given its enormous malt content, with a lingering burnt sweetness and hoppiness, and a slight alcohol warmth. Until I felt the effect, 10.5% ABV simply didnít register!
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a mysterious midnight black that looks like a void in space itself. The head was a dark copper and tan that started quite small, but then fell to a thin ring, leaving no head what so ever.
Smells of syrupy chocolate and an awesome, dare I say wholesome, roasted barley. There are also swirling bits of dark fruits and a subtle nip of fruity hops. This one just makes me feel good smelling it. Five stars! Öer, points.
Tastes exceptionally sweet, but the sweetness is clearly natural and wholesome. This emanates from the smooth dry roasted barley that isnít too charred (espresso), nor underdone (barley wine), but just right. Bellís hit that right on the nose. Thereís also some port like qualities with some cherries and a definite brandy, presumably where the alcohol is hiding out of sight.
The mouth feel is thick as hell and sticky with a light easy going carbonation that only adds to the over all thickness.
I really like the quality of this beer and the perfect roast of the malt, but the sweetness, although right on, is a little distracting.