beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This awesome stout was referred to as ďcrackĒ in a recent forum posting by a fellow Ratebeerian because itís so additive. Truer words have never been spoken. Cradled in a 12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Libertyville, IL, this black hued stout sports intoxicating complex aromas of prune, bourbon, vanilla, sweet roasted malt and peppery alcohol. A very small tan head and soft carbonation were noted. Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth texture that starts with complex flavors of dried fruit (raisin and prune), caramel, and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness and expresso flavor. Definite alcoholic warmth and mouth-burn (11% ABV) were also noted. A luscious stout that is best savored alone (no food). A giant imperial stout, one of the best that Iíve tried thus far.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, no light gets through very thin very quickly discipating brown head that fizzes loudly away. Heavy bourbon nose, sweet with sugar and wood Little bits of malt. Taste is strong robus and sharp with alcolhol and hops. This is very disorienting from the nose as it is not expected. Alcohol and hops kick out from then more of an alcohol and malt kind of mix. But all of this is overtaken by a strong bourbon bitterness that is tart but more in a sweet kind of way. Awesome really.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy, heavy beer! The alcohol burn is quite warming on these cold nights of winter. Thick, black body, medium carbonation. The aroma is of...well, bourbon or scotch, with dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Chewy. The flavor is filled with roasted malts and molasses, caramel and chocolate. Yum! A great IS.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with beerhandy & CaptainCougar (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized deep brown head. Aromas start with stronger bourbon that give way to vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Warming alcohol finish. Nice smooth body. I start a 2 week vacation today and this beer was the perfect way to kick it off!
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: poured pitch black with little to no head. Very chocolatey aroma with wood and bourbon, but not as much bourbon as I would have thought. The body on this thing is amazing. Very full and rich. Not like Dark Lord rich but rich. Lots of chocolate and bourbon in the flavor and moderately sweet. Light alcohol for 11%. I really liked the carbonation in this thing. I would have thought it would be more subdued but quite a lot of carbonation unlike most Expedition. I would like to pour some over ice cream. Excellent.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 [upon tasting several more samples, Iíve come to think that this beer is a bit too cloying and needs to age for quite some time - still great, though] Only a handful of beers have made me exclaim "holy shit!" upon my first sip, and this beer is one of them - inky black, viscous pour, with the darkest tan lace a beer can hope for - aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, figs, plums, oak, a roaring fireplace - a bit hot, which is my only complaint (a little aging should help with that) - alcohol and bourbon up front, along with the oak of the barrels - followed by vinous notes and dark fruit - vanilla and toffee, then some dark-roast coffee and cream - smokey, woody finish - once this mellows out it will be the perfect Imperial Stout IMHO.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with Captain Cougar. Good nose, Bourbon and ...bourbon. Maybe say soy when cold and vanilla extract as it warmed. With bourbon.
Dark brownish black color. litle to no head. Bitter flavors, like aroma with baking chocolate. Thick body, viscous creamy/oily mouthfeel, sharp bitter finish. Bourbon all the way, maybe too one sided IMO. I didnít get any of the tradition stout flavors. Bourbon. I do like the taste of Bourbon though so it I still enjoyed it. Thanks Capt
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Beautiful black body with a thin tannish head. Strong aroma of bourbon. Taste is strongly of bourbon and chocolate, and oh so smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety. Bourbon and Chocolate, a beautifully comfortable beer.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous black color with a thin and fizzy dark brown head that vanishes quickly. Roasted malt and bourbon in the nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with roasted malt and sweet caramel flavors offset by the bourbon. Very warming from beginning to end. The finish is chocolatey with a smokey flourish. Easily the best Goose Island beer I have tried.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black Coloring with Tan Ring. Bourbon Chocolate Malt Nose. HUGE Bourbon Hit on the Tongue. Hard to Discern What Else Lies Beneath. Nice Malt, Chocoalte and Vanilla Underlay. The Vanilla Laces the Bourbon Flavor and Keeps You From Losing Sanity. Itís Definitly More of a Bourbon Flavored Beer Than a Bourbon Aged One. This one Goads You To Try, Try Again.