Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Kookfest. Citric hops and very roasty malts with coffee and chocolate but mostly roasty char. Intense flavours. Sweet malts and hot bitter finish. Tasty and full on. Slight clash with citric hops and malts but despite this and the over-roasted malt I enjoyed this.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ohio beer pickup! This one is the DARKEST beer I ahve ever seen. Also probably the most filling stout Iíve ever had as well. So you know itís black! Itís taste is definitely amongst the darkest of the malts, and they taste about exactly as they would smell. Lingering back and forth between bitter and sweet, chocolate and coffee. Thereís smoke here too and a hint of brandy or brandywine. I canít believe it. Very strong stuff. Got a 6-pack and Iím sure itís gonna last a while. Definitely one to have as a delicacy.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Expedition Stout justifies superlatives. Its hop aroma closely resembles Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but its malt aroma is in its own class. It balances roast and sweetness perfectly. The flavor is massive roasted barley malt and PNW hops blended perfectly, with a few phenolic yeast artifacts (Islay single malts came to mind). Bellís manages to disguise the brute strength very well indeed. The finish is quite clean, given its enormous malt content, with a lingering burnt sweetness and hoppiness, and a slight alcohol warmth. Until I felt the effect, 10.5% ABV simply didnít register!
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a mysterious midnight black that looks like a void in space itself. The head was a dark copper and tan that started quite small, but then fell to a thin ring, leaving no head what so ever.
Smells of syrupy chocolate and an awesome, dare I say wholesome, roasted barley. There are also swirling bits of dark fruits and a subtle nip of fruity hops. This one just makes me feel good smelling it. Five stars! Öer, points.
Tastes exceptionally sweet, but the sweetness is clearly natural and wholesome. This emanates from the smooth dry roasted barley that isnít too charred (espresso), nor underdone (barley wine), but just right. Bellís hit that right on the nose. Thereís also some port like qualities with some cherries and a definite brandy, presumably where the alcohol is hiding out of sight.
The mouth feel is thick as hell and sticky with a light easy going carbonation that only adds to the over all thickness.
I really like the quality of this beer and the perfect roast of the malt, but the sweetness, although right on, is a little distracting.
harrisoni (17712) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kookfest 2006. Black beer, dark beige head. Impy stout aroma, hops rather cover the dark malts. Very good in mouth, intensity is good. Very oily feel. Maybe the hop over dominates the stout. Good length, but is it complex? Hop is a bit harsh. Shame as I have been looking forward to trying this for ages and when I saw it in Chris_oís fridge I could hardly contain my excitement, and then when Duff took it out....... but I was disappointed by the overly strong hop and wanted more complexity in mouth and on the finish
lostcoat (3) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one the best beers I have every had. i am sure you can read all the other users ratings. However, I have one suggestion, try drinking it out of a good size coffee mug, it helped bring out the aroma.
gueuzefarts (6) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dirtiest head on a beer iíd ever seen. I was surprised that there wasnít much nose on this, but the intense taste made up for it. Also surprised that the lack of alcohol taste for a +10 % brew. Delicious.
Stine (1771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 My roommate once described this as the drink that Christ will serve as a coronation into the next life. Pours like motor oil, in this instance "black gold" is more fitting, with a carefully tanned marshmallow head. Aroma of Sumatran peaberry coffee, port, bonfire, and dark fruits/fruits thrown in the bonfire; the aroma is such an attack that flavor greets the tongue before the liquid does. Flavor of more port, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee cake, bourbon, and maple. Coats the mouth with thick, syrupy remnants of indescribably vast flavors and feelings, turning whatever it touches to gold.
Updated. Aroma rich as ever. A very young bottle exhibits a lot of char and tar taste, slightly acrid like the end of a poor cigar. Somewhat minty. Palate carries a bit of a bite. Patience works wonders for this one. Have fortititude! and resist the calling for at least a year.
Batch 7740, aged about one year. Reserved and thick aroma of fig, passion fruit, molasses, bourbon and vegetal steam; roasty and full, with hints of toasted coconut and bourbon licks of eggnog and vanilla. Bombastic flavor is slightly dry and ridden with plastic right away, but as the chewy elixir coats the mouth, the ashen buildup around the core easily melts away; tastes of deep roasted coffee and dark mexican chocolate, still retaining that savory meatiness of sumatran peaberry that it brings even when young. Honey, maple, and bourbon in a lighthearted sweetness in the midpalate. Full palate is softly carbonated; smooth and somehow sprightly. Apple skin, pear, raisin, and molasses toward a very rich finish that pulses with charred molten chocolate cake. Beautifully aged, having slidden into that perfect middle where it can command reflection or accompany it with equal ease.
A 2002 rendition. Oily as ever, black, uncarbonated. Aroma of burnt cherries, bitter cocoa and wildflower honey; ru
sabbac (3) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, black, hints of chocolate. no light goes through it, head is dark brown. goes down smooth with a nice finish that lingers with the hints of chocolate and carmel.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Chris_o Gathering06): Pitch black, no light at all through it. Dark brown head. Sweet liquorice, chocolate and caramel. Suprisingly roast and big long hoppy citric finish. Tasty stuff.