PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, with a nice light brown head. A hint of coffee to it in both flavor and aroma. Maybe a touch of almond to it. The aftertaste was smooth and mellow. Felt more carbonated than I would have expected.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Opaque and dark. Nose is roasty and a bit burnt, get some tobacco hints. Taste coffee, chocolate, and cream, hoppiness has a subtle tartness to it.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A very light black with a light brown foam. Could definalty pick out the coffee and cream flavors. Another quality stout.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff was so full of flavor I don't think they could pack any more in. Great dark color. Awesome stoutie flavor that went down so smoothly. I wonder what this would taste like mixed with milk.
JK (4961) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma of apples and malt. Black, no head. Flavor of coffee, apple, and an herbal taste. Kind of thin. Finish of mildly bitter hops.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark. Smells sweet. Chocolate and fruit. Bitter chocolate, burnt marshmallow, toffee flavor. Hops finish. A nice stout but could be a little smoother.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Like the Expedition, but drinkable, oh so drinkable. Pitch black with a perfect tan head that lasted through the entire beer. Pinpoint carbonation. Aroma doesn’t climb out of the glass to meet you, but lingers, inviting, with definite aromas of chocolate and pine. The flavors roll through the mouth, spruce in the beginning, followed by loads of semi-sweet and milk chocolates. As it warms, the spruce fades, and black cherries begin to emerge. I wish stuff like this was brewed in my area. RERATE: I have tried this repeatedly over the years, and I should note that I think my early exuberance for this beer is slowly fading a bit. My palate has become jaded by a tidal wave of imperials that leave the more subtle complexities of this beer gasping for air. So if I had to be totally objective, I probably would lower this rating. And probably fairly significantly. But in this case, nostalgia rules the day, and I shall leave my initial, now almost 12 year old rating, intact in all its glory.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 This is still November of 2002’s. Good looking stout, dark brown, opaque, with a somewhat frothy head. Aroma is very much of chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, burnt, and somewhat bitter, almost like the unsweeten chocolate used in cooking. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as you’d expect for the name, slightly thicker than a porter. Finish is somewhat bitter. Good Stout.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted coffee chocolade aroma with a hint of butter. Lovely buttery roasted taste. Light bitter burned aftertaste. A really nice beer.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very creamy, carbonated stout. Good roasted, sweet flavors. Nice dessert beer, as advertised.