BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
12-oz. bottle, batch 6672. Pours opaque with a small foamy tan head, the thickness of the brew leaves a stain on the glassware. Fragrant dark chocolate, sweet, and molasses aroma, port, alcohol and raisins fill in nicely with notes of fruit hops and some light smokiness. Bitter and acidic, heavily, biting alcohol flavor that dries the palate, some alcohol burning and warming, with a velvety chocolate malt body and fruity hop, caramel smoky malt finish, port-like. Full bodied and dark brew, somewhat dry to start but a velvety mouthfeel overall; a desert or meal in itself. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Black. Very small dark brown head. Dangerous. Take one step back. Aroma of roasty malt, ashes, wood, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. Complex. Same flavors with some nuts, cashews I believe. Full body, oily smooth. Could be the best imperial stout i’ve had, if not it’s damn close. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 7/6/06-I stopped by BBB63’s place for a bit over my 4th of July vacation. I pulled out a 2002 vintage bottle. Unbeleivable. I would put that bottle of beer up against any fine wine or liquor in the world. Mike served this after a bottle of Westy 12. The 30 min period of time was one of the best beer experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks a million Mike.balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
1/6/06-Friggin’ outstanding in almost everyway. Mocha, molasses, burnt sugar, with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Loads of bitter chocolate, a certain grittyness to it. Very mouth filling. Long finish. Onyx black. I sure would like to see some sort of head on this bear though. Tastes great, and fills me up just fine(8/4/10/5/19)
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 can’t 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 (3750) - 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. Can’t 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 I’ve 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 I’d hoped. illinismitty (2377) - 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.
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 it’s a nice melded blend of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and anise. Pours out like motor oil, thick and viscous.