Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a murky black with a good brown red head. The head lasts very well and produces good lacing. Has a very nice aroma of roasted malts with hints of toffie and carmel chocolate. The taste is blended excellently. Has a good amount of hops to produce a smooth sweetness with its malt backbone. Has a medium body and a good amount of carbination. This is real good. A nice bold stout with soft touches to produce an excellent brew.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/28/2009. Very dark black body with a medium frothy brown head. Roast, chocolate, coffee and molassas aroma. Big roast and chocolate flavor with light molassas, a touch of coffee, and a big bitter finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
5/12/2006: Dark black body with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and floral hops. Sweet caramel, molassas and floral hops flavor. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark ruby body with a tan colored head. Roasted malts and coffee in the aroma. Great taste, light citrus and pines with good caramel and chocolate notes. Hoppy ending.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color with a nice chocolate, roasted coffee smell. Taste is the same with hints of hops, vanila and caramel. What a nice imperial stout.
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a small tan head. Hoppy aroma with some hints of pine needles and chocolate. Malty hoppy flavor with hints of licourice and chocolate. Long hoppy finish. Very lovely imperial stout.
Christian (12569) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Black with a lasting brown head. Rich and complex aroma of chocolate, licorice, port, dried fruit. Sweet flavour with all kinds of burned notes, followed by a solid hop bitterness.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours thick and black with a light tan head that faded quickly. Very light lacing. Aroma is chocolate with some light esters. Flavor is chocolate and coffee. I can’t detect much of the hops. Medium to full body. Slight alcohol warming. Very smooth. Good beer.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured jet black, with a murky tan head. Dark roasted malts, abit of sweetness on the back of the tongue, nice warming brew. I liked the hops in this one too. A great brew! Thanks to tjthresh for the Beer!
OldMrCrow (2339) - 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 they’re 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t go well with that long strong coffee element of the finish, and I’m 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. Don’t 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 didn’t rate).