OldMrCrow (2116) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2010 Rating is from a quite young 12oz bottle. (Glad theyíre offering this size now!)
You got Ruinition in my Expedition!
You got Expedition in my Ruinition!
Not experiments in admixture end as well as Reeces.
Pours deep black with a small head, and offers a big aroma of plums and rasins, hints of wood, strawberries, and serious (maybe too strong?) cantelope.
The flavor begins almost sweet, dried dark fruits and dark chocolate covered dark toffee and noticable alcohol; from there it turns to french roast and a powerfully bitter finish manufactured by an (over)abundance of hops. Mouthfeel is good but not exceptionally rich; the alcohol warms but doesnít burn.
While this is obviously a nice beer, it loses a point on aroma for the too-ripe-cantelope-rind-in-the-garbage-can notes that dominate a brief whiff of the aroma, and a point on flavor for the overhopping. That late bitter aftertaste doesnít go well with that long strong coffee element of the finish, and Iím sitting here with the same feeling on my tongue that I get after drinking one too many cups of too-hot, rather-burnt, no-cream-or-sugar, mediocre-beans airline coffee out of a stryofoam cup.
Overall, the oak-aged version is much better.
Bomber, 3+ years old. Donít know quite why I let this one sit around for so long, but it was a happy accident. The hops have mellowed and the beer is pretty nice, so rich and thick, not fading yet, pushing 4.0 this time around.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber, 2003 Maverick label - thanks to Aubrey for the trade. This one had been sitting in my cellar for about 2 years before I finally got around to cracking it open for a tasting. Poured dark brown-black with a tan and slightly orange tinged head leaving spotty lace. Aroma of chocolate, dark roasty malts, coffee, herbal hoppiness still evident. Flavor is also of chocolate, coffee and charcoaled malts, lots of bitter roastiness with herbal hop notes. Full body, smooth in the mouth and gently carbonated. This was enjoyable but not as good as the more recent vintage Yeti labelled bottle I had a few months earler (but didnít rate).
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good Imperial Stout. very dark with a thick brown head. coffee and chocolate with enough bitter to balance it. Alcohol is definately pressent. A must try for imp. stout fans
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is an extremely dark beer with a large brown head. The aroma is roasty and malty. The flavor starts out sweet and roasty but the bitterness makes it through all the way til the end. This is a full-bodied Imperial Stout with a definite alcohol presence
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle aged since October 2004. Pours thick black, setteling opaque beneath a pancake batter thick light brown head. The aroma is roasted, sweet, coffee, and chocolate malts. THere is still some noticable hop of the citrus variety, and a bit of alcohol also in the aroma. At a second whif, dark fruits and more chocolate emerge contributing nice complexity of aroma. The flavor has strong and sweet bready malts in a thick liquid meal. There is chocolate and clean husky sweet malt along with a slightly earthy bitterness and tangy, somewhat warming alcohol finish. After it warms a bit, coffee flavors emerge and it finishes roasty and full.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
excellant brew chocolate malt and rich.i had the oak aged and enjoyed it better but this is right up there and the hops kick .... try this you will like it as imperial stouts go
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged about 6 months in my beer fridge. Pours deep, thick black, tiny dark brown head. Fills the nose with a nice balance of sprucey and floral hops, backed up by roasted coffee and cocoa. In the mouth the malts, roastiness and chocolate come more to the top, and the hop aroma comes up in the finish. This strikes me as a very well balanced Imperial Stout. I didnít detect alcohol. Despite a somewhat syrupy and oily appearance itís not too sticky or slimey or syrupy in the mouth. Itís still heavy in body, but itís a little chewy, very soft, velvety. I will probably buy this again.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Thick black with a brown chocolate hue. The smell of coffee and alcohol rushes from the bottle. Velety smooth with a very sharp hop bite finish. A good stout.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Tidiaguy! This beer has a delightfully soft creamy texture but is loaded with flavor. It packs a punch with its roasted layer of coffee, caramel malt and chocalate notes swirled around in an array of hops. It is complex but incredibly balanced and tasty. I like this one better than the oak aged version.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really fabulous beer. Exactly what an imperial stout should taste like. Loaded with chocolate, toffee and caramel flavors.