FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Pours an opaque black, thin dark brown head dissapates quickly. Some sheery-like aromatics, with a hint of coffee and of course the requisite roastiness. Acrid fruit nose, later becomes caramel and chocolate in flavor. This melds into a deep roastiness that pairs well with the alcohol bite. The finish maintains the semblence of roastiness. Mouthfeel is so thick it is almost oily. Incredibly balanced, with a high level of drinkability for such a style.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Pours like motor oil black as night with very little brown head just ringing the outside of the glass. Deducting a point on appearance because there is no head at all. There is no light at all making it through this one. Aroma is coffee, some dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is very much roasted malt with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. This is very smooth for an imperial. Very drinkable and the high alcohol content is very well hidden. On the palate this is thick and coating in the mouth. A little bitter at the end but not much and it doesnít take long to feel itís warming effect. There are so many flavors dancing around in this one you just donít know which one to comment on. The flavor gets better with each sip as it warms some toffee coming out at the end. Iím glad Iíve got a few more of these in the cellar.. A great way to end your night!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 My number on this are a little strange, I may have gotten some flat bottles. Mine poured with no head whatsoever like it was flat but all six bottles were like this so...I dunno. Aroma of strong molasses and coffee. The tastes truly are too many to handle at once. Again, molasses, chocolate, bitter black licorice, and coffee, and enough malt to choke you. Apparently if you are not used to strong beer you will consider this very bitter but I didnít notice it that much. Others around me who tasted said they thought it was extremely bitter. If I would have had some of this stuff earlier in my life I may have gotten some chest hair before last summer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Poured dark as motor oil with a thick white head. Aroma was weak at first and then it balanced out nicely. I picked up bitter coffee, chocolate, raisin, toffee and caramel and hops. The taste was very alcoholic but well balanced. It was like a chocolate version of the Barley Wine. The caramel became more apparent as it went down. The hops were really nice in this beer it made the mouthfeel quite nice.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I drove 3.5 hrs away to get this and it did not dissapoint. Poured into snifter, oily black with appealing dark tan head..intense aromas jumped out of the glass, caramel maltiness and chocolate pudding maybe some cookie dough, incredible. From the first sip it was pure heaven, and every sip got better, rich silky creamy and oily mouthfeel with caramel, coffee, chocolate and mild alcohol taste, the balance is perfect, very smooth. For me, this sets the standard for RIS.
Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a thick black color stout with a small dark brown head with excellent retention. Aroma mainly dominated by roasted malt with some subtle coffee and chocolate notes. The roasted malt dominates taste at first and then chocolate and coffee are also easily identifiable. Creamy texture makes this even more enjoyable. It all ends with some well balance bitterness. Body is incredibly full and there is even quite a lot of sediment at the bottom of my glass. Alcohol is well hidden which I always appreciate. Very good stuff indeed.
cottonbrown (6) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured like motor oil with a dense brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel, intensely thick and coats your mouth. Flavor started with toffee and cocoa and then a smokey and possibly too sweet finish that seemed to never end.
buttrav (1) - USA - APR 15, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have been waiting for the perfect moment, but as Passover approaches, I could not wait any longer. I opened the Expedition Stout last night, and drank it slowly over the course of 2 hours, witnessing its texture, taste and aroma evolve and morph. By the end, some sediment had extricated itself from the frothy, malty stuff so that the grog had an ever-so-slight element of "graininess" which reunited me with the source of the beer itself, in fact the source of all beer. By 11:15 PM, my ebony companion nearly gone, but still clinging to life within the lower 1/4 inch of my glass, never more complex or generous than it was at that moment, I determined that one of the finest compliments one could give to such a wort would be not to drink the final swill just for the sake of finishing it, but rather to let it rest peacefully in its new home, as I drifted to sleep, knowing that by the time I awoke, it would have passed into the stage most like death for a beer--undrinkability. If only Terry Schiavo had been allowed to go with such dignity.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woah. Pours thick and black like puried beatles. Very distinct aroma that is strong but also delicate with wet wood, leather, almond, alcohol, cocoa some vanilla...Truely amazing. Huge body with a sweet smokey, bitter finish. Strong roast flavor supported by dark caramel, some smoke, biscuit, dark fruit and leather. Definately opens up as it warms.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. Bottle. Black with a dark tan head and no lacing. Big chocolate and roasty/smoky notes in the nose. Same with the flavor but more roast and hop bite with notes of coffee. Thick and creamy. This is a great beer.