omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!!
Very black with no head. Vinous nose with fruit and chocolate. A wall of malt hits me at first sip, then licorice, tar, salt and sensory overload... The finish is full of plums, raisin and hop bitterness. Yikes, this is bitter.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big fruity (cherries) and chocolate nose. Jet black color and a light brown head. Fat chocolate taste, dry expresso finish. Leaves a sweetness on the lips afterwards. Velvety thick body. Wonderful stout near to a Barley wine. Wunderbar! Thanks Captain Cougar!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 The Captain has send me wonderful beer - thank you so much. Nice smell, barley wine like, alcohol, malt and coffeebeans. Unlike others here I got a medium frothy hazelnutbrown head on this deep black brew. Brussels laces on the glass. Nice decent alcohol, malt, plums and bitter chocolate taste with hoppy kicks. Syrupy with a long nearly never ending silky finish. Numbs your tongue. Weeehhheeee - this is great, yeah it is heavenly - my mouth feels like it had the smoothest and silkiest liquid inside ever - mmmmhhhh.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Think heavy black pour. Zero head, not one single bubble. First taste is very malt heavy, but becomes sweeter and sweeter as you go along. Another heavy gravity beer that kills all your taste buds. :)
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crud, accidentally erased the review I was writing on this, so you now get the short version. Black. Really black. Couldn't be anymore black. Absolutely no head, whatsoever. Starts off tasting somewhat chocolateish, and as it warms, it becomes much more wine-like, and tastes much more like a barley wine. And if it was any thicker it would be a solid. Not what I expected, but a good beer.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark (like my coffee), thick, luscious, coffee and chocolate, big head, one of the very best stouts I've had. Cannot wait to roadtrip to Kalamazoo.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Wow. I found a beer that may rival Double Cream Stout (what a coincidence, it’s from the same brewery!). This one is powerful. Expedition Stout is genetically modified and fed the appropriate mix of steroids and hormones to create a rich, robust, sweet flavor in a gravy-like pour. When Ben Franklin made his famous comment about God showing his love to humans by providing them beer, it is this beer he had in mind (thus, he was also an oracle). A must-buy, even at the steep price. Of course, you don’t want to drink more than one or two of these at a time! This must be the stout syrup that other stout-makers use to dilute their respective products. Unbelievable! Warning: this one has little to no head whatsoever. It is so thick that what little carbonation is present surely is prevented from escaping!
1994 Vintage sampled at Bells 20th Anniversary Party.
Imagine my delight when a nice list of vintage beers was placed on the bartop at Bells during their Anniversary Party. Unfortunately, none of these 750 mL bottles were allowed off premises! So, I ordered up the 1994 vintage of my top-rated beer and filled up. The years have been kind to this beer. The classic opaque dark brown/black body, light tan head, lacing, ahh...it all looked so familiar. The aroma was rich and dominated by molasses and prune. Layers and layers of molasses, toast, prune, coffee, raisin, licorice, and roasted malts coated my palate. Rich and full-bodied, and only showing slight hints of oxidation after 11 years.
Rating for 1994 vintage: ARO: 8 APP: 5 FLAV: 9 PAL: 5 OV: 17 (4.4 overall).
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the bottle is nearly mute as the cap bends back: a diminutive "ssst" is all that's heard from the carbonation, like a quick stroke of feather on silk. a geriatric gerbil farts with more forceful aeration. that's disconcerting, and a few golden bubbles were all that announced the brisk pour. they shimmered with the wet-ingot eyes of leopard frogs on a mangrove swamp before they vanished below the morass. the pour was an open spiggot of sweet texas crude, it oozed like an eel into the glass. i needn't have worried about it's vivacity because this beast is very much alive: as luxurious and supple as a mink. and now this multifarious munificence is about to whisk you away on a sensory expedition: the bouquet bulges with missouri blackberries and roasted cajun cane sugars, chihuahua kahlua and oily italian coffee beans. the unctuous palette flattens the tongue with an amazon of flavor. you'll speak like a neaderthal on novacaine as the orchards of dripping fruits in noble rot roll over the senses. ample alcohol numbs negativity and gives wing to articulated and ellucidated ratiocinations. corpulent bitters and spiked molasses tinctures playfully jostle each other across the finish--and carrying on still: right on down the block toward home, echoing away down the wet cobblestone lanes like blissful drunken friends caroling arm in arm into the foggy darkness. mmmmm.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pure, thick blood of a beer beast. The aroma alone is intoxicating. It pours like molassas and lays heavy on the tongue. The flavor is intense and multi-dimensional. I couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. This is a beer to be celebrated in moderation. Definately a prime contender of heavy-weight stouts.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Wow. The nose is amazing, and it is dark. It will knock you off your feet if you aren't ready for it. I could only handle one. The flavor is amazingly diverse, with lots of chocolate, a little nutty, and some roast. Mmmm. The finish though, tastes and feels like a shot of Jack Daniels. But a great smelling, great tasting, high impact beer.