wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasnít even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. Itís just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.
stoutnick (377) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle at Four Roses Cafe, Plainview Michigan. Black with quickly dissipating foam. Aroma is nice blend of bourbon and dark malt with neither being overwhelming or astringent. Taste is creamy to begin with, bourbon blending in nicely, bit of licorice tang, mild vanilla, bitter finish; beautiful. Unlike many imperial stouts this one doesnít jump around trying to impress, but is both interesting and so well crafted. Delicious. Abv is extremely well hidden. Finish is slightly bitter with some subtle but distinct bourbon barrel character. Gold. Overall, perhaps my favorite beer now - could drink a few of these mainly cause it is neither astringent or over the top with bourbon. Great times!
pfc514 (44) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan head into a snifter. No light comes through, even when held up to the sun.
Iím outside and am still assaulted by the aroma of bourbon, faint roasted malts, and chocolate, even though the glass is two feet away from me.
Taste is of strong bourbon, some bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. Very well balanced. Bourbon is powerful, but not overly so. Delicious.
Smooth an silky on the mouth.
Overall, this is one of the best beers Iíve tried. Been looking for it forever, and finally found it. As good as BCBS, maybe better.
RussianDragon (1) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve wanted to try this for years - I finally found it on local shelves. The appearance is an oily black with a lasting beige meringue head. No light passes through the glass when backlit, and appears still. The aroma is sweet bourbon booziness with slight chocolate bitterness, and a hint of freshly ground coffee beans. Taste - intense bourbon with notes of dark roasted coffee upfront, quickly fading to a freshly cut moist cigar on the back with lingering bourbon bite combined with the bite of bourbon left on the tongue. Palate - Viscosity of lowfat milk and smaller-sized CO2 bubbles make for a silky mouthfeel. Overall, an outstanding blend - I look forward to aging several of these. Doubtless this beer ages very well.
BeerKurve (430) - - APR 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thing brown head that fades away after a couple minutes. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate malts, vanilla and roasted barley. Flavors of chocolate, strong oak, vanilla, and roasted barley. Heavy body with some mild carbaonation. Very Tasty!
Ericular (484) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 release. Pours a thick, oily dark brown, leaving a short-lived rich brown head. Aroma is outstanding, with sweet vanilla, light bourbon, earthy wood, dark fruit, and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is creamy with chocolate, butterscotch, rich caramel up front. The sweetness is balanced with a more bitter chocolate in the middle, drying out with some resin, into slight alcohol warming, leaving a mellow cocoa toffee molasses aftertaste. This is really, really smooth. I have to do a side by side of this and Bourbon County Stout. From what I can recall, this is mellower, with just a bit less in-your-face flavor and richness, sacrificing that slightly to gain an unreal drinkability. I could have 4 of these in a row, and I canít say that about Goose Islandís. Coffee is almost nowhere, replaced with a sweeter lactose flavors instead. More on my side of the spectrum in that regard. It could get cloying on the 2nd or 3rd bottle, but this beer is too expensive and rare to test that theory. Balanced, mellow, drinkable. This bottle is less than a month old. Any points Iíve docked could very well be erased with aging. Weíll see!
arnold931 (177) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Parlor City during a Bellís tap takeover. Holy crap is this good! You get the best of both Expedition and Double Cream.
jrob21 (2350) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has eluded me for quite some time. Thank god ericteusink comes in to save the day. Bourbon and vanilla here are really nice. Plum and vanilla aromas. Flavor is smooth creamy and rich. Vanilla and chocolate malt all overthr palate. Age and barrel and beer come together so well here. All other barrel beers take note.
BeerBeforeH20 (126) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rich dark brown almost black. Aroma is bourbon, boozy, dark sugary fruit, and chocolate. Tatse is epic, very bold with bourbon and sweet dark fruits. This is an excellent brew.
marshall8840 (6) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh wow. This is damn good. The aroma hit me as it was sitting on the counter. Almost hard to decide which I like better, this or expedition stout.
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle at home. Pours pitch black with small quickly dissapating head. Typical American bourbon RIS nose: lots of bourbon alcohol, tad of vanilla, lots of roasted malts. Medium body with roasted undertone, alcohol heat. Taste is one of the best/most marvelous toffee characters I have ever tasted. Overall OK.