davvey (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Poured thick and black, real nice. Very chocolatey. Probably the best imperial stout to date that I have tried. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 After about 4 tries/bottles, I decided this was my favorite beer. Complex. Rasin is maybe the most distinctive note and I do not like rasins but I love this beer.
It’s a heavy duty sipper. Great but sometimes I need more carbonation and less stickiness. Merrying it with my favorite ale, 3F Alpha King was interesting. beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2006
blacker than black. fabulous malt, coffee maybe some molasses. nice hop balance offsets the extreme amount of malt. This is a heavy duty beer. a must try to stout lovers. tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Black as coal with a chocolate brown thick head, aroma of sweet malt, a subtle maple syrup smell. Great malt flavor, coffee, chocolate, hint of molasses. Thick malt flavor that lingers on the palate. Lots of hop bitterness blended well with the abundant malt taste. A strong ass stout, not for the weak, this will keep you warm on a cold winters night. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Nose of java, malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little dark fruit, opaque ebony body with a rim of tiny tan bubbles; flavor shows coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and a hint of molasses; the finish being coffee and a little hops with a long lasting alcohol sear.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Thank you Crosling! Batch 7251. 02/06. Beer pours an opaque, very dark brown. Looks a lot like motor oil. The head is small, light brown, frothy, totally and quickly diminishing. The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of deeply roasted grain, fudgey cookie, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, maple syurp; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate-to-heavy note of warm alcohol, moderate note of vanilla/oak, moderate stone fruit, dark berry, underripe banana/plantain, moderate damp top soil. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with a long, very warm, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Aftertaste and finish are very coffee-like. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 6/17/06 what can i say that hasn’t been said. it is probably the best stout readily available in this area. pours thick with a dark head like fresh espresso but it disapears quickly. malty, dark, roasted, coffee, molasses and a great finish of alcohol. i could drink this for the rest of my life and be happy. 9/5/9/5/19 = 4.7 demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Batch 7740 consumed 12/10/07. Pours that thick viscous black with a thick velvety head. Lots of chocolate malts, roasted, toffee, with a touch of red fruit in the nose. Creamy smooth texture from a thick body. Delicious chocolate that slightly sweet but bitter. Roasted malts, molasses, hint of red fruit underneath the heavy flavors. Some faded pine hops and burnt malts in the finish. Burnt/sweet/chocolate flavors are so balanced in this gem. Why don’t I drink more of this? 9/5/10/5/17= 4.6
Finally, I rate the coveted Expedition Stout from my former 5 year home of Kalamazoo. Go Western Michigan Broncos...Anyway. So lets get this baby started. I pop open the bottle, and the cap stikes the counder with a wonderful ting. Thick, way past 3,000 miles, motor oil black pour with a small brown head that diapates quickly. I can smell the thick malt aroma from across the room. Molassas, a floral hop texture, and a rich chocolate scent rounds out the aroma. The taste warms through and through with a thick malt note, big in your face hops, fresh Columbian coffee undertones, molassas, and slightly tasting of caramel. Palate is bitter and stinging from the big alcohol content. Only problem with this on is the overdone alcohol burn at the end. Excellent Imperieal Stout. Buy, trade, but try not to steal to get this brew. A must rate!!! Quevillon (3061) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
#500!! De richlikebeer. Pure noir, sans collet. Arome délicieuse de café sucré fort. Superbe goût de café fort, mélangé avec du caramel. Thank you Rich! LearninBeer (579) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
The aroma is of sweet roasted caramel and pours thick and black. The flavor is a slight bitter coffee but is sweet and thick with a slight carbonation. The head is brown, fully diminishing with virtually no lacing. The taste on the palate leaves a slight bitter on the front of the tongue but leaves you wanting more. An excellant stout.