ebone1988 (1763) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, smells like bourbon for some reason. Appearance is black, light tan head, thick. Taste is very sweet, maybe raisins or prunes, milk chocolate, roasted malt at the end, but mostly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation and oily. Overall, this is pretty damn tasty.
koleminer20 (3272) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a nice black oil with a nice off white head and a beautiful lacing. The aroma is great lots of roast and dark fruits. There is a light sweet malt and a good booziness that wraps it all together. The flavor is solid. Lots of malt and a ton of dark fruits. Raisins and dates. The mouth feel is great. Thick and viscous with a great carbonation. It does come off a little syrupy there at the end. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and malty. Dark fruits come back and it finishes great. This is damn good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is amazing; roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, and sweet fruits. Taste is similar and very nice. Good, but lacks the hop bite... still very nice!
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
While the label claims this beer might hold up for a long time I can tell that it already shows signs of slipping. I wish I would have tried the regular version side by side with the BA version when the opportunity presented itself. The remaining bottles will soon be drunk along with the rest of the Expedition Stouts as I wind down the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours densely with a cocoa head that slips to a thin layer of dirty head. Olives, roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate mix the good and bad. The bittersweet texture feels just a bit off the mark.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel coats the mouth with thick textures that define a rich imperial stout. Black licorice, almonds, coffee, and dark bakerís chocolate add depth yet the overall impression feels hollow at times. Despite being the weakest member of the Batch x,000 series from Bells it still merits a tick. Just drink it as soon as possible rather than letting it age another five years.
Cunningham (7555) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black color with a beige layer. Dried fruit, molasses and portwine. Full body and a soft carbonation. Slightly sweet. Complex and heavy stuff. Toffee, dried fruits, portwine, raisins and plums. Nice evening sipper. Some alcohol coming up as it get warmer.
[Bottle at bergstaden plaza at RÝros in Norway]
bergstaden (2813) - RÝros, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you GT2 for the botle - Black with a low brown head - Sweet malt aroma - Dark sweet malt body with dark fruits, raisins and licorice - Dark malt body With fruity tones and some alcohol in the back - This was nice
djd07 (13689) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit and licorice. Similar flavors to nose and very sweet, booze is present but not overpowering, really good.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Murky brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Packed with dark fruit, vanilla, butterscotch, brandy, and molasses. Tastes like brandy, dark rum , vanilla, molasses, tobacco, light soy, and light caramel. Light booze in the finish. Medium to full body. Surprisingly smooth too. Seems to have aged very well but I never had it fresh.
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-I tucked this bottle in the back of my fridge for over 5 yrs. I feel it was time to crack it open. Pours dark brown hue with a small fizzy tan head. Not very dark from an impy stout. Nose at this age is full of molassas, sweet roast, lite soy (for 5 yrs old its not bad in the soy dept), still has very strong notes of char, roast and bitter chocolate. I would have expected the sweetness to die down just a tad, but its still there as if it were fresh. It needs more char to make it bold. Still, it has aged pretty nicely. It was borderline undrinkable fresh (which i never rated then) but did have a couple fresh bottles back then. glad tor have a rating for it though.
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Owen for sharing this rarity
Black pour with hints of ruby, light tan head that falls to a nice ringed collar.
Nose has notes of oxidation. Some wet cardboard, port, sherry, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits.
Taste up front was sherry and cardboard. Opened up OK and allowed for coffee, licorice, chocolate, roast, tar, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Thought more of a strong ale than a IS.
Slightly sweet, hides the ABV very well, undercurrents of fruit and roast forgive the box and sherry taste up front. Probably was wicked a year or two ago.