scalffd (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps I am too much of a newbie, but this beer did not please me. While highly regarded among beer enthusiasts, the alcohol dominated this beer. The pitch black color was exciting, but the small, fizzy head that soon disappeared was lackluster. The smell and taste of alcohol dominated all others in this beer. Sorry, not a fan.
harazzyou (3) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours A perfect jet black with A minimal caramel colored head that doesínt stay long. Aroma is strong roasted malts, hops, A little fruity sweetness threw me off A bit. A little to sweet going down, but A nice bitter finish. Great beer all an all, just too sweet for this style. Needs A little more ballance.
Dolemite31 (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My very first beer review, how exciting! This has been one of my favorite beers since I discovered it. The beer poors extremely thick, with a minimal head of fine bubbles. Very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is mild; notes of malt, molasses, and earth (campfire-ish?). Flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma. Chocolate and molasses dominate, with notes of coffee and dried fruit, and a slight alcohol taste - very slight for an 11.5%er. Body is very rich and creamy, almost chewable. Great beer, nearly a meal in itself.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had nearly forgotten how good this is. Full tilt imperial stout with a great dark roast and lots of hops to back it up. Just great.
jrob21 (3624) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Big ups to ss for this one. Aroma reminds me of cherry and maple syrup? Iím picking up some wood smells as well. Taste is smooth, slight hint of alochol. Big coffee and cholocate tastes predominate. Very complex and plenty of other tastes involved as well, including sweet fruit flavors. I could have this for dessert. Full bodied, long finish that lasts in your mouth for a while after each sip. Very enjoyable.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 bottle. black/marroon pour with thin bubble cappachino colored head. sweet chocolate, figs, malt, alcohol, hop, mild coffee aroma. full bodied. sweet cherry, chocolate, oak barrel, sugar, malt taste. alocohol warming. excellent.
01 bottle in 10/07.
syruppy black with no head. strong aroma of oak, earth coffee and rich malts. flat. very woody. musky. thick malts. aged to long.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. batch 6811. Aroma: Rich malt aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, slight smokiness, prunes, hazelnut, and slight resinous aroma. A little port wine comes through as it warms. Alcohol is noticeable, but inviting. Appearance: Thick, viscous, and black. Head was small and dark tan, but didnít last long. Almost no lacing. Getting some ílegsí on the side of the glass, though. Flavor: Heavy roasted malt, smoke, French roast coffee, cocoa, raisins, toasted nuts, vanilla. Layers and layers. Alcohol is tasted slightly, but is well hidden. Palate: Full bodied, and then some. Chewy and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Nice alcohol warming on the tongue. Overall: An amazing beer. Complex, but not overwhelming. Everything an Imperial Stout should be and turned up to 11.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle batch #7251: Pours a reasonably thick pitch black, with a small dark tan head. Aroma, coffee, roasted malts, sweetness(molassas). Flavor, bittersweet chocolate, a roasted almost burnt bitterness, very rich, some coffee. The finish on this is superb, not the thickest impy, but itís close enough, there is some lingering coffee and bitter notes, it really coats the mouth well after itís gone. And the alcohol is almost non existant. I really donít buy this as often as I should.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 This imperial stout is the definition of perfection and certainly a favorite of mine. A perfect blend of power and complexity. Pours a virtual blackhole so dark and thick light cannot escape. Looks and smells of dark fruit, licorice, booze, hops and malt, but itís the taste the pushes this stout to the top. Combine the aroma with a smooth, creamy, bitter/sweet finish and youíve got this Imp Stout. Definately a beer to savor.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For the price and availability, this is the best stout out there in my mind. The color is that of the darkest and thickest sludge or used antique motor oil (This stuff is SUPER thick and opaque). The level of flavors and complexities that you get from this beer are simply overwhelming. And at 11.5 % alcohol, you can hardly notice the alcohol presence. (newer bottles are alittle harsh or hot, but give the expedition a year or two to sit in the cellar and you have got your self one of the best beers out there (IMO).