hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted espresso malt, resin hops and a hint of raisin. Flavor is well balanced. A lightly sweet roasted flavor changing to a very bitter finish which mellows to a toasted chocolaty-espresso aftertaste. Palate is full, but not as full as some. Oily texture with a soft carbonation. The raisin-fruit taste comes out as it warms. It took me 45 minutes to finish this bottle.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2003 Bottle. Pours a glistening supple pitch black, with a sheen of glossy opalescense. Finely rimmed with a pencil line of tan. Aroma flows of milky belgian chocolate, tangy black currant jam, and a shot of espresso. Some coarser wild chokecherry and rustic woodsmoke notes intermingle. A gentle warming from mulled wine rises from the depths, pushing aside more gentle ginger snaps and boughs of cedar. A lascivious syrup of dexterity. Oily, dense and concentrated yet showing forth such dainty and finely hued tones, building into a firey inferno of charred animal flesh amongst a scene of strength and barbaric savagry. At first, gentle dark berries, blackberry, currants and some black cherries jogging side by side with a constant flow of whipped hazlenut butter and clotted cream. Building further into rushing madness of unecumbered dry toast and barbeque. Fresh seared ahi amongst crumbled blue cheese and walnuts. Delicate, yet bold. Palate remains somewhat unrefined, show hints of a gin habit and a penchant for a warm chocolate pipe during a morning fishing session. Mellowed from the years.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to styles: Deep, dark brown that is near black with the tiniest of heads, colored tan brown. This smells quite rich and has some vinous qualities. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate combine with plum, cherry, wet cardboard (not as in infected), and some restrained spicy yeast or spicy hops to give a dark aroma. Full bodied with light carbonation and a slick, velvety palate. The mouth feel is just fantastic here - lightly spritzy carbonation, full, creamy, thick, and yet very drinkable. The taste is full of roasted malt, coffee, burnt chocolate, port, red wine, cherry, chalk, tar, a light spicyness, and a slight alcohol burn towards the end. Glad I asked for a few bottle of this so I can see how it lays down for a few years.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz into a snifter...part of the Great Madison St. Stout Off...now we are getting into the heavy hitters. Black as night and chewy like potato soup, from a new 6 pack...this one could use some age and some of the harsher notes and alcohol will smooth out. Still a great beer with each sip bringing sweet chocolate and bitter roasted coffee.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 update: 3/15/08 bottle from batch 6811 sent by Styles. I’d never had a 3 year old Exped., and Chris was kind enough to send one my way. huge nose of chocolate with a flavor profile of chocolate, roasted malts and assorted ripe fruit. bumped up my score by .4. now I know to age this bad boy!
bottle. picked up at a bottle shop in Champaign. Right now I’m just really pissed. I just spilled an Avery New World Porter all over my computer desk. I drank about 2/3 of it before spilling, but it was so good and it was the only one I had :( So to cheer myself up I opened the only Expedition that I picked up at the same place. This is a big beer, a very big beer. Many stouts are a dark brown, but this on is BLACK. The aromas and flavors are of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Well balanced and tasty, the alcohol is well hidden. An excellent stout but there has been a couple of others I liked better.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours so thick and full. Nice head with superior lacing. Slight smell of alcohol in it. Tastes of expresso, chocolate. Leaves a strange aftertaste for an imperial stout. Almost makes me think of grapefruit (Hops?)? Am I crazy? I couldn’t taste the alcohol as much as I smelled it. I like this very very much.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 This poured black, oh so black. The dark brown head was so tempting as it grew and grew. Tight bubbles of pleasure. The aroma was almost of burnt coffee, the kind in the awful quickie mart that burnt all day. But this also has a sweet back note, and finishes with a slight bit oh pine like hops. The first taste is like the aroma, but also adds some caramel and the low carbonation helps the hops in the finish. The mouth feel is heavy. There is a thick bread like quality, and I am, loving this. I got a some small amount of this on my lips and they a stinking together and, Oh I love this. I got one from Duane, and one from Wohlfs. Thanx guys. This was liquid love, heaven on earth.
re-rate. This bottle is rated on 11-1-05. And it is sooo much thicker. Great, as always.
re-rate on 12-25-06 Did I fail to mention the Red head, creamy and inviting. The hops complet;y complement the strong malts, This is a great brew.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Pours opaque black, motor oil; dark brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cream; roasty. Flavor roasty coffee, alcohol evaporation and warmth in throat and stomach; mostly coffee/roast, but some chocolate and more lightly vanilla. Thick but too sticky. Too much roast/coffee for my tastes; very good though certainly a bit overrated.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Pours thick onyx with a fizzy dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Heavy chocolate aroma. Taste is mostly of bittersweet chocolate with a prevelant alcohol sweetness (cherry character?) and burn. The bitterness soon takes over and moves into a finish of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The body is full and thick, which I have come to expect from Bell’s stouts. The best imperial stout I’ve had thus far. However, for the purposes of casual drinking, I think I’d be more apt to turn to the java or kalamazoo stout.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Complex aroma with chocolate, musty raisins, burnt molasses, and bourbon soaked plums. Some of these same smells are evident in the taste, with sweet chocolate overriding all other tastes. The high ABV is well masked, although it does rear its ugly head, albeit for a short moment, in the finish. Wow.