Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660 ml bottle
I got this in a trade a few months ago. According to the bottle, it was bottled in August 2005. This definitely deserves its sport in the Top 50 - besides being complex it was also easy to drink. Before I knew it the bottle was empty. If only it weren’t $18 a pop, I would pick up some more.
Aroma / Appearance - The pour resulted in an amazing deep black body with a one-fingered mocha head. It released a wonderful bouquet of smoke, roasted expresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, cherries, walnuts and cocoa. In addition, there was a trace of hops and strawberries sitting in the background.
Flavor / Platform - Straight black coffee explodes over the tongue. Behind it comes a splash of plum, smoke, hazelnut and mocha. Towards the middle it adds pecans, vinous notes and chocolately notes. The finish is smooth, dry and a little bitter. The alcohol is so well masked that before I knew it the entire bottle was empty. This compares well with the Expedition (batch 7205) I tried the night before.
BenH (1697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Paul or maybe Mike (forgot who sent this sorry). Black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, little chocolate and licorice. Coffee is a bit more subdued in the taste but still there, roasty coffee, chocolate and licorice. Smooth, sweet and bitter. Well balanced, does the job
seth_lfod (246) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml poured into Lawson’s snifter. Jet black minimal mocha head. Smell is coffee grounds, chocolate, toasty malt. Taste is wonderful. Rich chocloate, day old coffee, molasses. A tad sweet, but balanced with a bit of bitterness. Fantastic.
jrodooo5 (682) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm. One of the best aromas I’ve ever come across - chocolate, roasty, w/ a slight hint of fruit exquisite! Deep dark pour w/ a thin tan head that leaves little lacing. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth! The taste is primarily of roast but it’s balanced out perfectly by the chocolate notes & doesn’t leave any bitterness lingering. Extremely well done!
leebotton (46) - - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massive coffee nose with a hint of vanilla perhaps. Jet black with brown minimal head, really deep aroma. huge coffee flavour with a smooth, very slightly silky texture. So dark and yet not thick, which works in this case.
puboflyons (1677) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 330 ml. bottle. The pour is rich black with a small but long lasting beige head. The aroma is subtle overall but I am getting a good dose of chocolate malts, dark malts, earthy hops, and coffee grinds. The body is medium. The taste also exhibits a solid dark malt and coffee character with a moderate bitterness that is not boozy in the least considering it is over 9% ABV. You don’t know it.
fitwitchik (99) - USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from the bottle into a snifter a thick black motor oil with a thick tan head
Aroma of dark chocolate & coffee beans.
Taste is straight up a sweet start of chocolate fruit then into roasted coffee. The finish is a nice bitterness like drinking a strong cup of coffee.
Love the depth of this brew for the palate so thick!
Overall this quickly became my favorite a Russian Imperial Coffee Stout. Extremely well done. Happy to have a second bottle which I will lay down for next year. YUM YUM!
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tailgate bottle share with EricTeusink. Always excited to try a top 100 beer. Very tasty. Pour is thick black with nice dark tan thick head. Big coffee flavors dominate. In fact, this may be the most heavily coffeed brews I’ve had. Still there is some nice dark and sweet chocolate notes with a lingering bitter coffee finish. Dig it.
mR_fr0g (1386) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog Shepard’s Bush opening night. Aroma is big ashy smoky campfire. Some burnt candy floss and marshmallow. Opaque black viscous pour with a persistent tan head. Palate is sticky and oily. Lowish carb. Flavour is intense sweet vanilla caramel initially then come s the oak and mellow coffee roast. Sweetish mellow roast finish.
xblanchard29x (15) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pictoman (217) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 341mL bottle. Black with nice tan head. Roasted malt, coffee aroma. Burnt coffee flavour, roasted malt, and a subtle hint of dark chocolate. A balanced bitterness. Quite creamy, but dry at the same time.