MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Batch 7740. Pours very black with a slow rising head that almost overflowed my glass. It ended up medium size, and after a long while left fair lacing. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, hay and bitter, bitter hops. Extra full body. Slightly oily texture. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter. Also tasted a kind of harsh sourness - like guinness on acid. Definitely a different kind of stout. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
jet black appearance with a tan head. strong hop scent. taste of hops throughout with a warmth alcohol finish. one of the hoppiest stouts i have ever had. it dominates the beer and is somewhat overbearing jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pours like oil into the glass with a ruby edge and deep brown coloration. Instead of a head, there is an oily sheen to the surface, a small island of foam, and a portion of the beer clings to the glass, not just lacing -- there’s beer on the sides of the glass. Aromas are blackstrap molasses, prune and dark fruit, and a spice background of clove and violets. This beer hits the palate like a truck and takes a few sips to acclimate. It coats the tongue (and the esophagus). The initial bite of hops and alcohol is matched by a very sweet molasses and clover taste. The long finish is molasses and chocolate, with a milky capuccino component. Outstanding flavors, textures and length. An aggressive, showy stout with a tremendous hop presence. tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours almost black with a medium lively head. Aroma is a wonderful blend of roasted malt, licorice, dark chocolate and a hint of fruit. Flavor is marvelous, with complexity that seems to dance on the palate. As others have also said, it is not heavy, sticky, or cloying. World class. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolaty and carmelized with some citrus notes. Black color with a brown frothy head of good duration. Flavor is thick as is the mouthfeel. Complex range of flavors. Sticks to and wraps around your tongue. Extremely thick but not syrupy and well carbonated. Bitter chocolaty coffeelike duration with orange, lemony accents and carmelized sugar qualities that all sit on your tongue, mouth and lips. Very good lacing and almost foamy mouthfeel. Seems to be accurately rated and deserving. Excellent overall, the best stout I’ve had.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 25, 2006
I have to say this is one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Thanks to Sprinkle at Crown Liqour. I’ve never seen a beer that pours as thick and black as this beer is. I have had a couple of Impi stouts before, but never seemed to be as thick and inviting as this one. The smell off chocolate coffee, and malt/caramel was intense. The thickness of the beer was almost chewy. This was a special treat on Christmas eve as I finished putting my kids toys together at 1 am this morning. I wish I had more. imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
As black as engine oil and nearly as thick. The aroma assaults my nose, I don’t know which I love more, the chocolate or the coffee wafting up to me. The taste was super intense. True, I poured it to cold but revisited it after a warm up period. Yeah, there’s lots of all the usuals you’d expect to find in an Impy and maybe even more. The overloading of malts and hops are very evident. I’ve heard other beer drinkers refer to certain new beers that would benefit from some cellaring "hot" and I think that the taste of this fresh is hot. Proportions seem out of whack at first glance with the hops being so in your face. This coming from someone who could probably do without hops, especially in my stouts. Anywhoo, it’s drinkable, once the shock of the initial assault on the tongue wears off. I put a couple of bottles up and will revisit them in a year or 2. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 2 year old 12oz bottle, pours pitch black, thick, with small tan head around edges. aroma is amazing, loads of dark chocolate bursting out of the glass with espresso. aroma reminds me of 04 dark lord but not quite as chocolatey. flavor is just incredible and full of super dark semi-sweet chocolate, loads of espresso with a wonderfully rounded out roasted flavor. nothing burnt here. the chocolate coats my palate and stays for minutes. the hop bitterness finally mellows after 2 years. LinusStick (3459) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2/24/07, another tasting from a 26month old bottle and this is amazing. additional worthy notes are there’s subtle hints of smoke in the nose and flavor. the palate is perfect, thick but not chewy, full, long lasting, and no alcohol traces. flavor is lushish, dark chocolate and coffee in perfect unison.8/4/9/5/18=4.4.
5/2/07, batch 7817, bottled 2/1/07. I don’t recall expedition stout having a healthy amount of sludge in the bottle. nose has some unrefined baker’s chocolate, lots of roast, rubbing alcohol, raisins, licorice, charred wood, piney and juicy hops. flavor is pretty rough around the edges, lots of bitter roast and piney hops, medium dark chocolate, slight smoke, raisins, and licorice. wow this is really raw, extremely bitter from unrefined roast and hops. alcohol is very well hidden. body is really thick. i like some impy stout really hopped up but this doesn’t quite pull it off, and it leaves me thinking it’s sort of a mess. boy i really prefer at least 2 years age on this beer. scores from previous rating. 7/5/7/4/14=3.7.
sample date 9/20/07, batch#’7251 bottled February 25, 2006, cellar aged 19 months. nose is really toffee and roasted chocolate malts, sorta raw around the edges. very vinous nose. flavor has some soy notes to it, chocolate, lots of toffee, really rich and roasty with some meatiness too it. not as good as 2 year aged bottles but still better than it is fresh.
12/17/07, batch 8183, a rather fresh bottle. pours pitch black with small tan head. the aroma is chalk full of roasted notes, some coffee, and a big hop presence, the nose is a little raw and unpolished but it does smell great. flavor is a tad green but not much, lots of vinous chocolate and espresso notes, very roasty, and lots of piney hop flavor in the background. the mouth feel is full and luscious while the alcohol isn’t tasted. this is one intense stout. i didn’t think i enjoyed this fresh this much. 8/5/8/5/17=4.3.
1/8/08, batch 8183. man expedition stout is really like orval. every bottle is different. this bottle was far more ashy and dry then the same batch from my previous rating. still solid but this beer ranges from good to really freakin good. 3.9.
2/3/08, batch 6811, packaged on 4/18/05, so this is getting close to 3 years old. no sediment in the bottle. pours almost flat, pitch black and eventually small tan head forms and lasts along the rim. body looks slick and oily. nose is bursting with dark chocolate and roasty rich coffee notes. flavor has dark and hazelnut chocolate, caramelly, and roasty espresso finish. smooth as silk. low carbonation. hops just barely present but still adding bitterness and slight pine notes. awesome. 8/5/8/5/17=4.3.
3/20/08, unprinted batch number but I think its around 8185 or something. anyways, this batch is more roasty than usual exp. reminds me of Ten Fidy a lot. probably the best fresh expedition i’ve had. hoppy still but balanced by the big roast and its really drinkable fresh. a nice hoppy roasty licorice dark chooclate brew. again this is a beer that shows such inconsistencies within batches but if it ranges from great to amazing then thats inconsistency i love.4.2.
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Wow! There are so many things going on in this masterpiece it brings tears to one’s eyes. The pour is jet black with a little tan ring for a head. The aroma is mindblowing-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and (almost)cherry?. The taste is just like the aroma-huge. This is a strong beer that you can taste the alcohol in. It slides down your throat like oil and gives a pleasant burn/aftertaste that lets you know...you are drinking greatness. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a tinge of dark brown head. Aroma is huge rosted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is even bigger, alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Plate is full bodied, warm, dry finish. This beer is gigantic.