balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Wow. Poured out thick like motor oil. Each sip is like Thanksgiving -- with the requisite nap afterwards. Chocolate, bitter, nutty -- very complex. It really lingers on the palate, too. segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Tried this thanks to alakanwarren and friends. Inky appearance, creamy slight head. Wonderful complex aroma. Sweet, malty, dark, deep. Pretty roasty, bits of oak, molasses. Lots of carbonation on the tongue. (sadly, I canít read the handwriting in the rest of my notes from this tasting. But it was great!) RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
) This beer greets you with a nice hearty aroma of fresh baked bread and roasted nuts with hints of molasses and dates in the background. This beer fills the glass with a black liquid that settles under a thick almond colored head. This beer is thick and smooth as it spreads through the mouth distributing a nice chocolate flavor that fades to a nice smooth mild bitter taste that lingers well after swallowing. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 12 oz bottle
museofky (15) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
(Batch 6811) Pours exceptionally dark - almost pitch black - with little head to speak of. The aroma contained hints of coffee, raisins and chocolate and perhaps cherries. I could pick out an initial taste of dark roast coffee, followed by rich chocolate and cherries. A little bit later a hint of smoke unfolds on the tongue. Extremely complex. Canít wait to find out how this one ages after cellaring it for a year.
(Batch 7205) After letting some sit for a year I think it deserves to be bumped up in both aroma and appearance. The sticky palate lingers and every sip gives new and exciting flavors. Buy a sixer, drink one now and then open one every four months to see how it evolves.
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Dark with large head, the aroma reminds me of molasses. Very smooth and has this wonderful coffee taste.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Good beer. Very dark with large brown head. Nice flavors of roasted malt and bitter hops, yet still very smooth. Not quite as outstanding as Iíd hoped. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 2005-A 12 of this stuff was under the tree. Nice!!!!
Nice aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Head is nothing more than a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Full bodied, lightly carbonated that feels slightly syrupy in the mouth. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and tad bit of alcohol. Starts with flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and smoke. Finish is warming and bitter. Excellent stuff. Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3-6-07. Cask at Dilly Deli. The cask version was excellent as well. A bit softer on carbonation, and with a little less hop bite. This is a world class stout. Why travel to Munster, to fork down $1.10 an ounce for Dark Lord when you can have an Expedition?
CELLAR CHECK 8-24-09: Batch 6811 is still holding up. This has been stored at room temp. Perhaps there is a very very slight hint of the good oxidation, but itís a nice melded blend of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and anise. Pours out like motor oil, thick and viscous.
Excellent beer, did not dissapoint. Dark, very dark with a nice brown head. Strong roasted aroma with an extremely subtle sweetness. The flavor is velvet goodness, with a hint of alcohol bite, that feels great! CMUBEERMAN (440) - - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Iíve drank a shit load of this over the years. Itís the best stout you can find. Way better than 3 Floydís or Alesmith...despite their ratings. Big up Kalamazoo.
Need to re rate beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL. Black hued beer with small diminishing head and spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Complex aromas of chocolate, expresso and prunes. Medium bodied that starts somewhat dry with light sweet malt, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes dry with long-lasting lingering bitterness and some prune and burnt barley aftertaste. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a very good dry drinkable stout