5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours like fricken used motor oil, pitch black with very little head (brown). † Initial aroma is of some Soy Sauce as well as Coffee, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, and something in the Fig/date family. † First taste reveals heavily roasted malt and a rich semisweet chocolate flavor. † After that settles, a hop bite greets you on the finish. † Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. † Very well balanced this is, not overly bitter, yet with some sweet attributes. † The 11.5% is masked very well. † Once it warms it develops a bitterness up front, in the back of the mouth, with a sweetness at the tip of the tongue. † Very interesting and tasty. † One of the better Imperial Stouts I have had. † Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think I have a new #1...WoW thats all I can keep saying. Pours darkblack not allowing any light through with a small brown head that will darken the glass as it goes down. GIANT chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor is unbelievable... Massive malt, chocolate, burnt coffee and the slightest earth tones. So thick you can chew it an hangs on the palate forever.... What a beer, so happy to find this is almost always available at a local place..... WOW!!
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very imposing appearance - it barely moved when i tilted the glass. aroma of asphalt and cocoa powder and slivovice. tastes like rum'n'raisin ice cream with cocoa powder and chocolate cake dough and what's left on the barbecue when you're finished cooking. its bark is worse than its bite - i find this style much more approachable than imperial ipa's
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Pours a deep black, with no head at all. The smell is of sweetness... sugar, raisins. Is thick and syrupy on the palate, but silky and smooth. Very little carbonation with chocolaty and not much alcohol bite. The finish is bitter like the 71% valrohna chocolate bar. I am very glad I got a couple bottles of this. Thanks Pabobcat.
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 1994 vintage 750mL bottle at bellís 20th anniversary party. even after 11 years thereís a little hiss on opening and it oozes out of the bottle into a medium size snifter. itís an experience that defies notes on paper, and the promise of vintage bottles of this beer was the biggest impetus to be at the 20th anniversary party: i was not disappointed (although i think it probably wasnít possible for me to be disappointed). the aroma has stayed nearly the same throughout the years, perhaps itís softened a bit. the body...ohh, the body....is a creamy whirlpool of flavor and texture, with no diminishment of the roasted malt thatís always been there, and some hops bitterness has ebbed into a balance that a tightrope walker would envy. any alcohol presence courses so perfectly through the body that if i didnít know it was over 11% i would have said it evaporated away, or that someone added corn starch to thicken it beyond belief. if only i could have this again....
fresh, itís just a bit raw, as the alcohol shines through more. but lay it down for even just one season, and it mellows itself out. to me, this beer is simply the definition of stout. i will drink this beer for the rest of my life, and i will be happy! batch 6811 2005 version? simply amazing, velvety mouthfeel and this beer never ceases to amaze me. tons of hops, but those will eventually drown in the beautiful malt--just give it some time.
2002 pours like syrup, black as black. no head to speak of, and not much carbonation (almost flat). aroma is intensely malty and spicy, slightly alcoholic, a little raisiny. extremely strong body--some burnt coffee, some chocolate syrup. *eventually* finishes semi-sweet, with an alcohol tang. this is a really exquisite, intense beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black as coal. Lonlasting brown head. Wonderful deep aroma of dried plums, cocoa, sweetened cherries, black coffee and lemon. Big body, bif flavour...it's just so damn big. Starts with some roasted and burnt coffee notes. Later you can find notes of dark dried fruit, spices, american hops and alcohol. Finishes VERY bitter. And the finish is long-lasting as hell. A masterpice. Big thanks to ciderguy for sending this gem over the pond.
pellertpale (9) - The Fort, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perfect in almost every way. I'm confused about the carbonation though seems borderline flat, but just enough to make it easier drinking. Induces beer naps.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Wow, is this thing a monster or what??? Gigantic brown head with big bubbles. Whopping coffee/alcohol aroma. Man, this stuff is a kick in the ass. The alcohol bite just about kills everything in itís path. Itís the Shaq of Beers! After many vintages & bottles, this deserves a higher rating, just for overall consistency of this awesome brew.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 2003 Vintage-Snifter I've had a lot of other Imp Stouts, but hadn't tried Expe. until now. Very nice aroma-lots of coffee and some burnt toast. Long lasting head for such a strong beer. Flavor is again a mix of coffe, some fruity hops and a big malt backbone. I can image what it might be like in a year or two. I'd say I like it better than Strom King, but maybe not quite as much as Rasputin.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Pours deep dark black. Small dense, dark brown head and low carbonation. Smokey, roasted, chocolate aroma. Roasted and chocolate malt flavor with a ton of bittering hops in the back end. Lots of malt in this. Very thick. Bitterness is up front and lingering. Definitely a sipping beer with an alcohol warmth in your throat. This is a beer that calls my name from time to time, kinda like the "one ring" calls for its master.