Aurelius (4497) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Rating No. 2400. Roast chickory, nuts and lightly fruity aroma -- artificial watermelon? I didnít really enjoy the aroma, which Iím sure drags this brew down in my Pantheon of Cerveza. Bad can, pours like spent motor oil, maybe darker. Micro-fine tan head. Sipping this, I have a feeling akin to having had my wallet lifted. I donít know if Iíve been shot, smurfed or snakebit. Smoooooth. Very smooth - harmonious, but thereís a lot going on. Bitter enough, but itís masked. The ABV is certainly masked. Only quibbling flaw is that itís a tad astringent. Finish is bitter with parched cereal. Extremely good. Market Square Liquors.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from can. This was black in color with very fine brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. The nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit clearly poking out along with dark chocolate. The grapefuit edge makes this very strange for me. There is more of the same in the mouth with the grapefruit, sour cherry and dark chocolate lingering to a bitter finish.
HenrikSoegaard (11058) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Creamy brown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor, vanila, coffee and chocolate notes. Long nice bitter finish. Creamy palate. Excellent beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours completely opaque black with smallish tan head. The aroma is prune, chocolate, espresso, black cherry, and red wine. The flavor is mostly bitter chocolate, but there is a very assertive espresso tone as well. There is also a sweet maltiness and lots of dark fruits. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, in a somewhat tannic way that eventually comes across as earthy. Alcohol comes out in the aftertaste. This is quite good, and Iím enjoying it more with every sip.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. I always pay quite a bit of attention to the color of Imperial Stouts when I pour them. Up until now Expedition has been the blackest beer Iíve ever seen but I think this just surpassed it. Just crazy dark black. A nice brown head has retention for a minute then fades to a small sheet. Aroma is candy, taffy, some subtle milk chocolate and a discernable hop presence. Unique smell for an Imperial Stout. As it warms a roastiness becomes apparent as well as rum raisins and maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste is very smooth, dry and bitter. Silky smooth, velvety mouthfeel though a tad watery. Iíve heard a lot of people call this astringent and I donít pick up any of that. This is pretty good but I donít think itís a top notch Imperial.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow is this stuff dark. Pours pitch black with a thick 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates with a little lacing. Damn fine looking beer. Strong roasty aroma of primarily chocolate with coffee to compliment. A hint of hops and alcohol starts to emerge as it warms up. Quite a bit going on in this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate the initial taste, but a couple more sips bring out some caramel and molasses. Taste seems to evolve as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice actually. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel - completely coats the mouth and sticks around a while. A little bit of a dry roasted finish which is surprising given the thick, syrupy nature of the beer. The bitterness lingers a bit along with the chocolate. Very drinkable and well balanced for a big stout.
patrick767 (3689) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at DLD - It seems appropriate that the beers people brought to share at DLD were heavy on the big, dark porters and stouts. Hereís another fine example. Pours thick and black with a very small tan head. It has the expected aroma of dark roast malt, coffee, and maybe some chocolate. The flavor is similar with enough hops to keep up with the huge amounts of malt. This full bodied brew is very tasty, but not quite on the level I was expecting given the ratings and my love for impy stouts.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a whole lot of pressure on these bad boys when you open the can. Pours thick, oily black with a thin tan head that persists. Has a roasted malt aroma that follows through on the taste. I was a bit disappointed, though, with the finish. The bitterness at the end reveals a slight lack of balance; but didnít affect the overall smoothness. Just before the bitter hits in the aftertaste, the alcohol comes through very strongly. Could easily be in my top ten list if the palate was just a bit cleaner.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Thanks for bringing this home Travis (El_duderino). Pours with a black body topped by a light brown, thin head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a note of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of alcohol esters as well as bitter and hoppy notes. Full bodied, highly carbonated and a touch warming.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So near to perfection it hurts. Pours Black and Flat, Sticks to the glass and smells of coffee nuts chocolate tobacco. On the tongue is it nasty good, Would make you want to hop up on a bad leg and do a good thing. Damn thats good.