bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown - black - looks like motor oil. Pours with extremely small head, creamy, very dark tan in color. Big nose: winey malt, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Huge, rich and full palate. Big and bold flavors similar to nose: winey, coffee and dark chocolate - nice balance between winey and roasted/bitter notes. Long finish - a bit dry. This is a BIG beer of solid quality - simply delicious. There is alot of competition in the IS world today and I place the Expedition just a touch behind the elites. Bravo!
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 So, we meet at last...the infamous Expedition Stout. Pours a deep, rich black-brown with a very thick light brown head. Sedimentation is noticeable, even in a beer as dark as this. Bottle swirled. Aroma is stout in and of itself, giving off an almost palpable malt aura. Smells like semi-sweet chocolate and a roasty double espresso. Incredibly thick, almost burnt maltiness dominates the majority of the flavor profile, with some pine/spice hop flavor, and alcohol adds a nice little kick to the finish, along with a bit of yeast and a nice malty fruitiness. Mouthfeel is unlike any beer I've yet tried, like a melted hot fudge sundae, or heavy cream. Full-bodied is so much understatement as to be laughable. Intense and unique beer.
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the best stouts iíve had in a long time. Starts very crisp, almost metallic. Finishes long and smooth. 15 minutes into the glass it really hits itís pace.huge mouth feel with a complex aftertaste. completely opaque black dark black darkness, tiny, rusty head. beertastic.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ok, let me take a deep breath and calm down. This beer pours blacker than night with a head equally, if not more beautiful than A. Le Coq. The nose is so thick and sweet I canít stand it anymore, I must taste this! I think I just came. Thick as melted chocolate. Great smoky taste and complex malt/hop combo. This beer leaves me with a feeling that someone out there really does care. damn this is good shit!
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100! Woohoo! I was hoping to have something special on hand for my 100th rated beer, and this lives up to the task. My goodness, this is such an extraordinary beer, that it would prompt a novice to wonder whether this is a beer and not some other kind of drink, like wine. What does this beer afford for the beer-lover? For starters . . . get a whiff from concentrate out of the bottle before pouring, and youíre peppered with an array of scents. Iíve asked a few friends to help identify what is contained therein, and hereís what we come up with, aside from the coffee/chocolate-type character associated with an Imperial Stout: licorice, cherry, raspberry, raisin, red wine. Warning: the fumes come in pretty heavily from the alcohol, too. In the appearance, you get an expected near-black-to-black of a stout, with a creamy head thatís unassailable. When you finally take a sip after a couple minutes of savoring the aroma, you get a mouth-texture thatís like pure silk streaming from Cindy Crawfordís ass. The drinkability is much like a wine, with an alcohol bite in the throat . . . but itís still remarkably smooth, soft and silky. It is, however, really overpowering alcohol-wise, and as such, its drinkability is limited to occasional use, and preferably when you can split a bottle with a beer-appreciating friend. It goes down much easier and better that way, I think. First-rate stuff.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit thinner stout than I usually like. Itís good, but not great.
Libertystout99 (1) - USA - JUL 3, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A simple and to the point stout. Nothing flashy just good and dark and very satisfying.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark roastiness in the nose. Pours nice and thick. Big roastiness with a hint of chocolate in the body. Finishes with a taste of coffe bean.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Little to no head. Wondefrul aroma. Dark chocolate covered hops in the nose. At first the palate makes you think that the body is a little less than expected, but all of the sudden boom, this is a big beer. A wonderful complex IS full of rich malt and hop flavors. This beer gives Storm King a run for the money.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not too many bubbles in this one! Wonderful aroma right away, toasted malts and hops. Thick and smooth. Very complex, a lot of malt-hop interaction. I can sense the alcohol, but I feel it adds positively to the taste experience. Rich and smooth. Very nice.