ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.
S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, there’s a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.
T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - it’s aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.
M: Thick as a brick. I can’t think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.
O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, I’m of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.
Drago7 (204) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 25, 2017
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Z: biszkopt, może ciut sosu sojowego, lekkie alko. S: średnie ciało, słodko, biszkopty, lekki kwasek śliwki. Finisz delikatny w czekoladę.
Fules (1061) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAR 24, 2017
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Közepes, tartós hab, fekete szín. Illata csokis, kávés, aszalt gyümölcsös. Selymes, csokoládés, kissé kávés és nagyon sötét bogyós gyümölcsös karakter, markáns hordós aromákkal, pici vörösboros beütéssel. Hatalmas test jellemzi, enyhe szénsavtartalommal és közepes keserűvel, amit a tölgyfa és a pörkölt maláta ad. Isteni sör, nagyszerű arányokkal és egyensúllyal.
jandorris (577) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 23, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
W zapachu ciasto czekoladowe, rodzynki i trochę alkoholu. W smaku karmel, gorzka czekolada i palona goryczka.
Frothmeister (774) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle. Bottled on 09/02/15. Glugs out of the bottle black with a thin head the colour of brown sugar. On the nose, molasses, dark chocolate syrup, Nilla wafer, light dried cherries, and a very small hit of resinous notes. Whoa. Taste wise, above average sweetness and full bodied with dark chocolate syrup, a heavy note of black licorice (maybe more than I’ve ever tasted in a stout before), molasses, espresso faint bitterness and a little bit of alcohol burn that leads into espresso, sponge toffee, graham cracker, light fruit cake, and a massive dry espresso notes and dark chocolate finish with a little bit of bitterness. Yup. This definitely lives up to the hype, and then some. It’s HUGE, but nothing about it seems too much. Wow. I’m beyond impressed. Wow.
LiwkoLiwko (215) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gęste, czarne i oleiste. Trwała i równomierna piana. W aromacie mleczna czekolada, wanilia, tofi i kremowo. Wyraźne palone nuty.
Gęste, gładkie i treściwe. W smaku czekoladowo. Alkohol grzeje w przełyku
DraftCaptain49 (10) - - MAR 14, 2017
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is a top beer? Ok, good luck with that. My local beer-source had this so I thought I’d try it out. Unfortunately it’s a very disappointing beer. It pours like it should, for a stout of high character, but it has utterly no diversity on the tongue that I can tell. Honestly I just wash through these and barely notice I had them. I recall being very disappointed on first sip that it wasn’t actually the flavorful, nuanced beer I had paid 16+ change for but rather a watery, washed out stout that has all the characteristics of goodness but none of the depth. Looking for chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee? Not here. Not even peppers, I honesty can’t taste anything in this beer. That this is a top 50 beer to me is hilarious, or maybe it’s because these people haven’t tasted Yeti stouts. I immediately thought this stout tries to do what Yeti does but fails. Reason Yeti’s been top of the heap for years, still best stout poured out of a regular bottle.
The biggest disappointment, is again, the indecipherable taste, which one assumes was guessable when you realize there’s no description of the flavor profile on the bottle wrapping. One of the more boring beers and for the price a complete waste. You all should get out to a pub and try more beers. I’d take Dogfish head Breakfast Stout over this any day because at least you can taste something, even if it’s too sweet. Honestly I think they should take this ’expedition stout’ back to the lab because it didn’t work, the party was lost.
rosskyle (595) - - MAR 11, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Dark black color with a brown head. Booze dark chocolate coffee malt aroma. Chocolate bitter coffee toffee flavour. Smooth heavy body. Very nice imperial stout. I expect it would be even better after some ageing.
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ronaldtheriot (1880) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 11, 2017
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Expedition Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown appearance, and minimal lacing. Aroma is strong and full- very dark brown bread crust, some alcohol, some chocolate powder, and cream. Taste is of those elements, with acrid bitterness from the char, with black cherry. Mouthfeel is full-on heavy & silky, and Expedition Stout finishes medium wet/dry and bold. RJT
jhamp9 (1788) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a dense creamy khaki head. Oily lacing. Aroma is big chocolate, roast, coffee, and some berry in the background. Taste is milk and dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasty, berry, and some toffee. Nice sweet and bitter balance. Thick body. Very nice stout.
BlazerT (946) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 9, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted, sweet, smooth, thick, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, highly drinkable. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. In overall wow, really good brew. Did not expect this for that price.