visionthing (4596) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5cl bottle at Pudel, Tallinn. Pours almost pitch black with a modest, beige head. Ooh, rather intense aroma of roasted malt, lots of chocolate, some dark fruits, licorice, coffee and hints of caramel and spices. Certainly some sweetness too it, but complex and flavourful with a nice bitterness. Surprisingly smooth with well integrated alcohol. Yes, some waring alcohol, but quite well camouflaged. Excellent brew - and dangerously drinkable!
Jokestereo (281) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thin line of nougat colored head. Aroma; Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and some dried dark fruits and plumes. Taste; Rich coffee flavour, dark chocolate, some vanilla and dried dark fruits.
GC1379 (15) - - MAY 18, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle - pours dark/black - dark tan head - taste cocoa light booze caramel sweetness - sweetness nicely balances the big bitterness on the pallet - bitterness hangs on a little longer than I'd like. Overall I love it!!
ADfan (797) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the glass it is very opaque with a medium head. The aroma has some dark roasted fruits like plums and figs with some mild cocoa. Taste is smooth but big. There is some cocoa, licorice, oatmeal and some mild booze. Long smooth finish.
thepatrickman (698) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. This is exactly what a classic, non-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout should be. It’s big, full of flavor, and pitch black, but it’s also not at all aggressive, and it seems to just confidently let you find out how good it is without any gimmicks. There’s a lot of bitter chocolate flavor, but I was also impressed by the sweet malt / raisin flavor that they integrated as well. Just a great beer.
SlackerMads (2736) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black with a medium/large dark brown head with good lace, retention and regeneration. Sweet nose with sugar, cocoa and dust. Soft flavour with chocolate, earth/soil/wood, cocoa, molasses. Full body, no alcohol showing, filling sweetness with balanced bitterness. Good.
Aherbelste (71) - - MAY 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty damn good. Excellent presentation, with a decent and tanned foam and deep black color. Aroma is typical Russian Imperial Stout, which is a lot of roasted, and some coffee hints, between a heavy alcohol presence. Taste is excellent, very smooth and ballanced. Maybe more hopped than the average imperial stout, giving it a little bit of extra bitterness. Full body, dense texture, and a very long sweet and raspy finish.
MetalNHopHead (1250) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
According to Bell’s, this is one of the first Imperial Stouts to make an appearance in the U.S. As remarkable as that is, it’s even more impressive that it’s still one of the best. Expedition pours viscous and pitch black with a tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, dessert wine, and burnt malt aromas. Tastes like cocoa, blackened malt, booze, caramel, coffee, black currant, leather, tobacco, black tea, and smoke. Beautifully smooth feel. Despite being a big beer, Expedition is exceptionally smooth. It’s full-bodied and moderately warm, yet still a very easy beer to drink. Phenomenal.
humpah (79) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle at Harry’s, Jyväskylä. Brewed 11/06/15. Coffee, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, maltiness, fruitiness and some sweetness in the aroma. Medium to thick body. Oaky notes, some alcohol as well. Complex and rich IS.
HuskerTan (1521) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr")
A- Dark fruits, port wine, roasty, dark chocolate, subtle smoke.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Tobacco, leather, roasty, bitter cocoa, subtle espresso.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth dry finish.
O- Got this bottle fresh and painfully held back from drinking it to get about a year of age on it. Supreme beer indeed. Textbook perfection in just about every way. Beautiful all around.