Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The blackest, thickest beer Iíve ever seen. I was tempted to feel some between my fingers to see it felt as thick as it looked. A big thick layer of creamy dark carmel head with little dark flecks. Very persistent, leaving thick sticky lace on the glass. Stunningly beautiful stuff. Aromas of chocolate, cognac, figs. Creamy. Very strong without being harsh. Bitter chocolate, really sweet carmel roasts that burst in the mouth for just a moment and then transition to warming dry alcohol. Nice graininess and peaty smoke. Palate is vast and mouthfilling, and with slow sipping, very smooth. This is so amazingly good! It would be fun to lay a few bottles down to age...but I canít really imagine it getting better than it is now. Besides, any closer to perfection and the gods would be angry and curse the people at Kalamazoo, and I donít want to be responsible for that.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ebony color, brown head. Fuller aroma, dark chocolate, heaps of roasted malt, prune, and actually some hops. Full flavored, dark fruit, dark chocolate, light coffee, pretty roasty, light alcohol and good hoppy bitterness to balance. Fuller bodied, some alcohol present. Really good stuff. Thanks rudolf.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Hey, KBC, how about a freshness date? What? Would it kill you to do it? Iíll digress. Poured out a deep chocolate brown color, with a tan colored head.
Aromas are of roasted malts, stale coffee, and alcohols. Some wine soaked prune aromas as well. Flavors of over-roasted coffee beans, along with some charcoal notes. Medium body, coats the tongue well. Slight bitterness from the hops, but still unbalanced, IMHO.
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted espresso malt, resin hops and a hint of raisin. Flavor is well balanced. A lightly sweet roasted flavor changing to a very bitter finish which mellows to a toasted chocolaty-espresso aftertaste. Palate is full, but not as full as some. Oily texture with a soft carbonation. The raisin-fruit taste comes out as it warms. It took me 45 minutes to finish this bottle.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2003 Bottle. Pours a glistening supple pitch black, with a sheen of glossy opalescense. Finely rimmed with a pencil line of tan. Aroma flows of milky belgian chocolate, tangy black currant jam, and a shot of espresso. Some coarser wild chokecherry and rustic woodsmoke notes intermingle. A gentle warming from mulled wine rises from the depths, pushing aside more gentle ginger snaps and boughs of cedar. A lascivious syrup of dexterity. Oily, dense and concentrated yet showing forth such dainty and finely hued tones, building into a firey inferno of charred animal flesh amongst a scene of strength and barbaric savagry. At first, gentle dark berries, blackberry, currants and some black cherries jogging side by side with a constant flow of whipped hazlenut butter and clotted cream. Building further into rushing madness of unecumbered dry toast and barbeque. Fresh seared ahi amongst crumbled blue cheese and walnuts. Delicate, yet bold. Palate remains somewhat unrefined, show hints of a gin habit and a penchant for a warm chocolate pipe during a morning fishing session. Mellowed from the years.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to styles: Deep, dark brown that is near black with the tiniest of heads, colored tan brown. This smells quite rich and has some vinous qualities. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate combine with plum, cherry, wet cardboard (not as in infected), and some restrained spicy yeast or spicy hops to give a dark aroma. Full bodied with light carbonation and a slick, velvety palate. The mouth feel is just fantastic here - lightly spritzy carbonation, full, creamy, thick, and yet very drinkable. The taste is full of roasted malt, coffee, burnt chocolate, port, red wine, cherry, chalk, tar, a light spicyness, and a slight alcohol burn towards the end. Glad I asked for a few bottle of this so I can see how it lays down for a few years.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz into a snifter...part of the Great Madison St. Stout Off...now we are getting into the heavy hitters. Black as night and chewy like potato soup, from a new 6 pack...this one could use some age and some of the harsher notes and alcohol will smooth out. Still a great beer with each sip bringing sweet chocolate and bitter roasted coffee.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 update: 3/15/08 bottle from batch 6811 sent by Styles. Iíd never had a 3 year old Exped., and Chris was kind enough to send one my way. huge nose of chocolate with a flavor profile of chocolate, roasted malts and assorted ripe fruit. bumped up my score by .4. now I know to age this bad boy!
bottle. picked up at a bottle shop in Champaign. Right now Iím just really pissed. I just spilled an Avery New World Porter all over my computer desk. I drank about 2/3 of it before spilling, but it was so good and it was the only one I had :( So to cheer myself up I opened the only Expedition that I picked up at the same place. This is a big beer, a very big beer. Many stouts are a dark brown, but this on is BLACK. The aromas and flavors are of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Well balanced and tasty, the alcohol is well hidden. An excellent stout but there has been a couple of others I liked better.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours so thick and full. Nice head with superior lacing. Slight smell of alcohol in it. Tastes of expresso, chocolate. Leaves a strange aftertaste for an imperial stout. Almost makes me think of grapefruit (Hops?)? Am I crazy? I couldnít taste the alcohol as much as I smelled it. I like this very very much.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 This poured black, oh so black. The dark brown head was so tempting as it grew and grew. Tight bubbles of pleasure. The aroma was almost of burnt coffee, the kind in the awful quickie mart that burnt all day. But this also has a sweet back note, and finishes with a slight bit oh pine like hops. The first taste is like the aroma, but also adds some caramel and the low carbonation helps the hops in the finish. The mouth feel is heavy. There is a thick bread like quality, and I am, loving this. I got a some small amount of this on my lips and they a stinking together and, Oh I love this. I got one from Duane, and one from Wohlfs. Thanx guys. This was liquid love, heaven on earth.
re-rate. This bottle is rated on 11-1-05. And it is sooo much thicker. Great, as always.
re-rate on 12-25-06 Did I fail to mention the Red head, creamy and inviting. The hops complet;y complement the strong malts, This is a great brew.