TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Wow. A slightly bigger version of Bell’s Expediton Stout if you can believe that. This beer, like Expedition, is an Imperial Stout, and it is incredible. You might get as good, but I don’t think you will find an Imperial Stout more impressive than this. This beer pours to an ink black color, with a thick, tan head that slowly fades, and a soft to moderate carbonation. The nose is jam packed with aromas of dark chocolate, yeast, pine, coffee, roast, licorice, and peppery alcohol. The palate is fat and lush on the tongue, with a rich, oily mouth feel. Huge dark malt, dark chocolate flavors, and licorice, marry with intense flavors of espresso. Batch 7000 finishes with more of those intense flavors up front, then ends with a big punch of piney hops, and peppery alcohol heat, that lingers on the tongue. Amazingly complex and flavorful, this is the ultimate sipping brew. Death by chocolate cake might be the only thing you could pair with this beer. Enjoy it for the glorious beer that it is. Relax, sip, and savor this one, and thank God Larry Bell was born. DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Wow, what a surprise, and a big thank you to Ohio Dad for this one! My geeking level has fallen over the years, so i had no idea that this one was an Impy Stout! The pour was deep ebony with minimal brown head. The aroma...my God. Tons of dark roasty patent malt, chocoff, molasses, brown sugar, hazelnuts tingle and tantalize the olfactory neurons. The flavor is hefty yet super velvety and smooth, and very complex. Definitely one of the best balanced and complex beers I’ve ever had. Mix 3 parts Stone RIS with 3 parts Dark Lord and 3 parts Bell’s Expedition Stout, throw in a part Mephistopheles and a dash of Speedway, and you have this beer, the best beer I have had in 2006. Ohio Dad, if you can get me a sixer of this, I’ll sell you my soul! (Actually, just one bottle would make my year). Do yourselves a favor and get ya some of this, folks, and do it pronto! imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2006
This is IMMENSE. So thick its almost chewy. Has an intense roasted malt flavor, the bitterness matched the maltiness quite well. I’m so glad i still have more of this. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2006
This was a great imp stout smooth and a bitter sweetness to it. Very thick with a great finish and hidden alcohol CHEERS bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2007
This thing stomps a shithole in Expedition and I love me some Expedition. The pour on this was the thickest I’ve ever seen next to Dark Lord. Pitch black with a small tan head. Huge aroma of cherries, dark chocolate, raisins, and roasted malt. Velvety smooth mouth feel that dissipated after it left my mouth for my anxious belly. The surprising part of this was this massive bourbon flavor that imparted its will on the beer yet didn’t overpower any of the other flavors. Some black cherries and dark chocolate melded well within the brew as well. This is going to get my first ever perfect rating. Hands down, the best I’ve ever tasted.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Wow. Just wow. Enough can’t be said about this one. Loved every bit. Smelled the aroma from a mile away. Everything an Imp Stout should be. I need to get a few hundred cases of these and let them sit. :) good luck. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2008
pours a thick black used motor oil color with a nice two finger, stiff, very dark brown head. aroma is roasted malt and hops with dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of citrus. has a full body with clumpy lacing and just right carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma but stronger and has a little black licorice. everything sits on the tongue for a while and the only alcohol present is a little burn going down. very very nice and i think just as good as expedition. aroma does get stronger as it warms. also is oily on the palate with a little creamy mouth-feel. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
To quote a good friend of mine, "It....is....fucking...delicious." This is basically the best bottle of Expedition Stout. Chocolate, coffee, raisins....goes down real smooth and nice. Best imperial stout I’ve ever had.... Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Another 5. Dark black pour with small amber head. Chocolate, molasses, maple, Alcohol, vanilla all mix to develop one spectacular brew. Too bad it is retired! Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2005
This is one impressive brew. The pour is jet black and the aroma is roasty malt. The what makes this one stand out is the explosion of roast and chewy palate. This over the top Black Storm Cloud must have been brewed with gobs of Black Patent malt. The alcohol kicks like a mule as it warms the palate and throat. This is a huge, huge beer. Very impressive. Give this beer to a lite beer guy, then sit back and enjoy the laugh.