RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 This was a real find for me. I had missed the train on this wonderful beer and gave up all hope of ever really trying it, then randomly stumbled across a restaurant still serving it in Michigan. A thick, black pour, with a complex aroma of malts, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Tastes as good as it smells, and masks the 12% abv very well. Has more of a coffee finish than Expedition but is fairly similar. Very creamy finish with a faint hop finish. A+ work from Bells.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Summary: Just because itís limited doesnít mean itís good, which is really too bad. Pours black with brown head that thins to a yellowish tinge collar that laces the glass with an oily appearance. Aroma is a tad scotch/ethyl alcohol with a mildly sweet chocolate and black malts. Flavor is nothing like the nose, instead delivering a mouthful of intense burnt coffee, burnt caramel, licorice, and alcohol. The smooth body is offset by the harsh flavor that lingers. I was sorely not impressed and would suggest pretty much any other imperial. Luckily this will not be made again and better luck for Batch 8000. Authorís note: Iíve poked fun at another beer rater before for a beer weíve disagreed on, however that rater and I actually agree on this one...
BeerSquare (117) - - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I just cracked open one of these that Iíve stored in my refrigerator since buying the six pack fresh when it came out.
Aged great. Very complex syrupy raisin notes and a remarkable mouth feel-- carbonation is subtle but sharp, and it feels incredibly heavy, yet drinkable in a way that avoids any cloying.
Flavor is just off the charts. . . a couple minutes after a sip, flavors are still developing into more of a sweet molasses / rich tobacco aura.
Always risky keeping a beer as long as I kept this one. . . glad it worked out.
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the biggest beet Iíve had in a while, and the first Iíve bothered to enter the rating for in ages. It has a massive tan head the leaves strong lacing behind. It appears black as night, but there is a very dark ruby tone. The alcohol is present in the nose as is the heavy roasted flavor. The mouth feel is very heavy and smooth. The flavor is complex dark chocolate, coffee, pepper, and more. It is good now, but I have to imagine it aging great and smoothing out well over time.
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head dies fast. very nice taste of dark roasted malt. a little soya taste. some ageing notes.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to northernbrews for this extra!
A: Thick, thick black with a 1/2 finger tan color head that just warns you that this is going to be a big beer.
S: Tons and tons of dark fruits. Sweet dark fruit infused chocolate. Light molasses and carob notes. So far, very nice.
T: The dark fruits are still very much at play - more so than many imperial stouts I have had. I would guess the age has brought them out to the forefront as often happens with imperial stouts. The taste is actually reminiscent of blackberry infused dark chocolate - I know there is no blackberry in this, but the similarity is there. Carob and lightly roasted malts give a wonderful interplay with the dark fruits. Some rich espresso plays in the background as well. Incredible. Complex, balanced and utterly tasty.
The mouthfeel is decadently rich with moderately low carbonation yet never borders on the syrupy side. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of this strength.
Highly recommended. This is up there among my favorite imperial stouts.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lingering deep tan head and lace that sticks like a snail trail. So black you canít see through. Sweet roasty malts, slight mint, chocolate and slight alcohol on the nose. Rich and thick mouthfeel, bitter chocolate upfront, roasted malts and a little smokeyness. Long lingering finish, lips stick together from its sweetness but is definatly balanced with just the right amount of hops.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened 5/í06. Aged well. Poured black and thick. (thought it was expedition) Aroma of raisins,dates.coffe,caramel and figs. Started earthy sweet withraisins ,dark chocalate,sweet rum,coffe and burnt caramel. Slight tart finish with malty backbone. nice mild hop balance.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 coccocrisp old ass bottle, found a 6pack. no disappointment... creamy rich & smooth like an old man with ca$h. Im tripping through the darkness of your legnat layer, plush leather couches cigars ...class. i could swirl your sweet legs all night. some mtetle at the end.jayZ should rap bout you jigga... Re-rate 1/2/08 -Not bad.... not as great as i remembered soo much wine, bring down the overall (from 18 to 16) and the flavor (from 9 to 8) a bit
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Okay, this is the first beer that I have ever needed a glass of water to help go down. It makes the Expedition Stout seem refreshing! Really quite an experience, but all of the overall points are going to the extremely good aging potential that lies beneath this beer. I bought a case, drank one bottle, and wonít touch the remainders for at least a year or two. This will be an excellent beer in 2012-2017.