IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of java, malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little dark fruit, opaque ebony body with a rim of tiny tan bubbles; flavor shows coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and a hint of molasses; the finish being coffee and a little hops with a long lasting alcohol sear.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Thank you Crosling! Batch 7251. 02/06. Beer pours an opaque, very dark brown. Looks a lot like motor oil. The head is small, light brown, frothy, totally and quickly diminishing. The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of deeply roasted grain, fudgey cookie, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, maple syurp; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate-to-heavy note of warm alcohol, moderate note of vanilla/oak, moderate stone fruit, dark berry, underripe banana/plantain, moderate damp top soil. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with a long, very warm, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Aftertaste and finish are very coffee-like. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 6/17/06 what can i say that hasn’t been said. it is probably the best stout readily available in this area. pours thick with a dark head like fresh espresso but it disapears quickly. malty, dark, roasted, coffee, molasses and a great finish of alcohol. i could drink this for the rest of my life and be happy. 9/5/9/5/19 = 4.7
Batch 7740 consumed 12/10/07. Pours that thick viscous black with a thick velvety head. Lots of chocolate malts, roasted, toffee, with a touch of red fruit in the nose. Creamy smooth texture from a thick body. Delicious chocolate that slightly sweet but bitter. Roasted malts, molasses, hint of red fruit underneath the heavy flavors. Some faded pine hops and burnt malts in the finish. Burnt/sweet/chocolate flavors are so balanced in this gem. Why don’t I drink more of this? 9/5/10/5/17= 4.6
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally, I rate the coveted Expedition Stout from my former 5 year home of Kalamazoo. Go Western Michigan Broncos...Anyway. So lets get this baby started. I pop open the bottle, and the cap stikes the counder with a wonderful ting. Thick, way past 3,000 miles, motor oil black pour with a small brown head that diapates quickly. I can smell the thick malt aroma from across the room. Molassas, a floral hop texture, and a rich chocolate scent rounds out the aroma. The taste warms through and through with a thick malt note, big in your face hops, fresh Columbian coffee undertones, molassas, and slightly tasting of caramel. Palate is bitter and stinging from the big alcohol content. Only problem with this on is the overdone alcohol burn at the end. Excellent Imperieal Stout. Buy, trade, but try not to steal to get this brew. A must rate!!!
Quevillon (2863) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#500!! De richlikebeer. Pure noir, sans collet. Arome délicieuse de café sucré fort. Superbe goût de café fort, mélangé avec du caramel. Thank you Rich!
LearninBeer (462) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is of sweet roasted caramel and pours thick and black. The flavor is a slight bitter coffee but is sweet and thick with a slight carbonation. The head is brown, fully diminishing with virtually no lacing. The taste on the palate leaves a slight bitter on the front of the tongue but leaves you wanting more. An excellant stout.
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as the night its self upon the pour. Giving way to a small head. Great taste of coffee, cream, and an expert blend of hops even a small, but noticible burn of alcohol on the way down.
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Poured a dark black color with a small reddish brown head that didn’t lace worth a lick (high ABV?). The aroma was of roasted coffee, light chocolate, and hops. The flavor was much of the same with some dark fruits mixed lightly underneath. However, the hop finish (pine, especially) didn’t do it for me. Resinous aftertaste and very detectable ABV. Mouthfeel was heavy and thick. Re-rate, May ’06: Much better impression, the hops weren’t nearly as overwhelming in this bottle, the mouthfeel nice and creamy. Very well-balanced with the light pine hops, expresso, milky, vanilla, smooth chocolate, and dark fruits under it all. Alcohol sits nicely in the background for this high of an ABV. A darned nice beer. Re-rate, Sept 07: Wow, right behind AS Speedway this time in a horizontal against Speedway, DL07, DFHWWS06, and HF BORIS. Relative to AS, less coffee, more chocolate, less hops, slightly more sticky than Speedway, but otherwise very nice. Better than the others in the horizontal.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good look. Completely pitch black with thin dark tan head. Slight retention with some thin lacing down the glass.
Sweet malt tries to squeeze through the alcohol but is unsuccessful. When I noticed this beer was 11.5, I was taken back but it really ruins the nose of this beer.
The taste is a tad bit maltier but once again completely spoiled by the alcohol. There are some dark fruits (raisins, plums) trying to poke through following and it finishes with a black coffee taste which is very dry after swallowing .
This brew is very thick. Bulky chewy feel.
Glad I could try this one but I’m not going to try it again without at least 18 months on it.
RogueDogfishVictoryFloydsBells (1) - East-Central, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My #1 Favorite Brew Of All Time.
Good at room temp, but phenomenal when served cold. This is like a Milk-Coffee Stout. UNLIKE the Bell’s Java Stout, which has a strong Black Coffee presence. Think syrupy, molasses,
coffee, and chocolate. The cases I’ve
bought this year have way more bite
than last year’s, where it was almost
discernible. We can’t get Bell’s in NJ.
I have to drive out to Shangy’s, near
Allentown, PA for Bell’s by the case.
Expedition is my "must-buy" on each trip there.