Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (1030) - 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!
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Iíve drank a shit load of this over the years. Itís the best stout you can find. Way better than 3 Floydís or Alesmith...despite their ratings. Big up Kalamazoo.
Need to re rate
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL. Black hued beer with small diminishing head and spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Complex aromas of chocolate, expresso and prunes. Medium bodied that starts somewhat dry with light sweet malt, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes dry with long-lasting lingering bitterness and some prune and burnt barley aftertaste. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a very good dry drinkable stout
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very cold in a Imperial Pint glass. Dark, dark, dark. Almost no head. The aroma hits you instantly. Chocolate and coffee. The high alcohol is masked by the chocolate and the flavor just keeps getting better as it warms. Just a great stout.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In the words of my hero, Homer Simpson, "I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer..." He meant this beer. As soon as you pop the top, you get hit with the sweet flowery aroma of chocolate and coffee, then followed by roasted nuts. It pours as black as any stout I have every had. Tops with a dark brown thin head that doesnít every go away. The first sips slaps your taste buds with the alcohol the quickly gives way to the chocolate sweetness that finishes with you wanting more. If you like a stout, this will spoil you. Just when you think you have had all the joy you can have with a beer...the flavor just gets better towards the end!
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 darkest beer i have had..... i hate comparing stouts to motor oil, but pouing this one looked like draining used motor oil that hasnít been changed for about 25,319 miles,and with about the same amount of head....aroma is of sweet flowers and raisins and milk chocolate..... this beer is sinfully rich and delicious....the finish leave just a hint of bitter smokiness, and then the alcohol comes out nicely as it warms reminding you to be careful and drink this yummy brew slowly.....what a wonderful experience...........