temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 Expedition can be a tough one for me. Sometimes I think itís amazing. Sometimes, I think itís a licorice bomb. Which I donít like, at all. Lately, Iíve got to say I have not been enjoying Expy. A shame in a way. But, itís $18.99 a sixer, so... not so bad in a way. It seems to vary quite a bit batch to batch. Some are harsh and abrasive, and some are really good. At least thatís what I remember. Maybe it was always harsh and my palate has changed. Itís hard to say. I want to love it like I used to, but I just donít think I can. There are too many other imperials I enjoy greatly without having to work at it.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is so dark you cant even see light through it at all. The head was a wonderful caramel color which didn't last very long. Smells sweet and chocolatey, like a great oatmeal cookie. The flavor is very intense. Also tastes strong espresso with a bit of chocolate. This does have a great bitter finish. You can taste the alcohol but the flavor is so intense without it even being there. I can't imagine drinking more than one of these at a sitting. This makes Kalamazoo Stout taste like water. My favorite of the Bell's products and I've had a lot of them. Awesome.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, deep black with no head. Aroma of fruit, dark chocolate, some sweetness and alcohol. The body is very thick. Flavour is of very bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans cherries and alcohol. Finishes with a huge long bitterness. This is a huge beer and thanks to hopscotch I was able to have this as my 400th rating.
madsberg (10598) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Totally black coloured. Frothy lasting chocolatehead. Great sight. Malt molasses, full chocolate and mellow roastyness in the nose. Truely a beautiful aroma. Loads of liquorice, roastyness and a heavy bitterness in the flavour. The bitterness get a little to much in the end. To me flavours aren't 100% balanced. The liquorice lingers for quite a long time on the palate, which is pleasant. A great brew, thats maybe a bit too much for me. Many thanks to Raindog for this beer.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Creamy thick head. Dark brown. Aroma was big and rich, mixed malts, hops and subtle overtones of alcohol. Malt and then quality of Kalamazoo show up. The perfected roasted grain superbly blended gives some coffee theme .Very nice, big rich beer.
Re rate Mar 2005 still 16/20
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle:Poured flat no head, . Coffee,carmel, molasses nose. Great reddish black color. No light get through. Molasses, dark roast coffee, maybe a hint of cherry(michigan). Burnt creamy smooth finish. Coats your tounge. Wow, what a stout. Imperial indeed. Man that satisfies. Thanks PsychProf
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh, wow! What a nice, fruity stout! Moderately bitter, but refreshing. Again, another fine, fine example of what I can't get from the North.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flat headless murky opaque black brown colour. Awesome vintage fortified wine spectral complexity with hint of something lactosian in both aromas and flavours. Big chunky body, with hints of golden syrup, small dusty attic, father's freshly packed pipe and just used espresso coffee grounds. Indescribable.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Jet black, opaque. A batch from 2003 was as flat as Lubbock, Texas, but later batches have produced a nice creamy head. Aroma of licorice, soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, black coffee, and mellow hops. Ultra-thick and full bodied, this beer is jam packed with flavors of figs, coffee, chocolate, licorice, raisins, plums, berries, soy sauce, tobacco, smoke, port, nuts, molasses, hops, and ethanol. Evokes memories of the three-course meal gum from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory that turned Violet into a giant blueberry. The aftertaste is rich and indulgent. Lack of carbonation, depending on the batch, and ultra-complex flavor make this brew a fantastic, slow, port-like sipper.
Re-rate, 1/16/04. An 8 inch fall managed to produce a loose tan head the size of my pinky, showing me that the 2003 is indeed carbonated. At least this bottle was. I bumped the appearance up one point. The only additional comment worth adding is that this stuff is UNBELIEVABLE with dark chocolate.
ClarkVV (3997) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 2002 bottled. Black, with deep, dark violet tinges around the edge. Head is almost nonexistant from this bottle, and there is plenty of burnt white colored lacing. Aroma is incredible. Strong, alcohol and malt with some rich maple smoked malt and some dark fruit aroma.
This beer opens up with huge malt flavor that is fairly sweet, somewhat oily texture, and full of alcohol and malt. There is plenty of brown sugar appeal, along with some smokey almost sweet maple sausage flavor. Has a nutty taste that becomes a little more apparent and a mild bitter quality comes out as the body progresses. Slowly a nice dry/woody hops flavor appears and inserts its flavor smoothly. Flavor is still bursting with ripe dark fruit and in the finish there is a woody hops appeal that is just apparent enough to balance out the malt. Has a wonderful balance of hops and malt. The best Iíve seen in an Imperial yet. This beer gives it all. Hops, roast, chocolate/coffee malt, dark fruit, alcohol, woody smoke flavor, some bitterness. . .and plenty more. Extra Full Body, perfect carbonation (almost none). After trying this, I had to order another. Incredible complexity, so many flavors to pick out. This beer will keep producing new sensations every time you try it. This would be incredible aged, as well. If this beer was more affordable, or I had more money, I would be drinking it daily. Rerate. Sure, this beer has some acidic moments and alot of hops bitterness, but again, huge flavors, rich complexity and potential for extended aging, comes at a price. If you canít handle the high ABV, bitterness and some acidic notes, drink a different style of beer.
2003 Bottle. Oh wow. This is so young itís ridiculous. Can hardly finish, too sweet yet, bitter hops are overpowering. This will age NICELY!!! 2003 bottle aged 13 months A bottle from an early November 2003 batch consumed 12/26/04. This stuff ages perfectly. The hops die off and you just have beatiful malt, a full body, thick chewy chocolate and roast. I canít get enough ot it.
2004 bottle Still pretty close to perfect. Hops mellow out wonderfully after a year. Tried side by side with the batch 7000 and the malt structure is fairly similar, albeit a little less brash and having less "Spanish coffee" influences, for lack of a better term. Thick, rich malt, but yet balanced and supremely thick, rewarding texture.
2005 bottle, batch 7205 Pretty thick and chewy, obviously, and actually I ended up liking the aroma more than the flavor. Too much soy/oxidized dark malt on the finish of the flavor. The nose had a beautiful, but now faded, hop nose, very fruity and wintergreen/resin-like. Prunes, black chocolate and plenty of drawn out vinousness with a big backing of roast. I havent been floored by any of the 2005 or 2006 batches.