lamas (1642) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No light shows through the opaque black pour. One of the darkest brown heads I’ve ever seen. Powerfully rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla beans and overripe plums. Packed with intense flavors. Starts off with some very sweet vanilla and dark fruity flavors and transitions its way to some milk-chocolate. Finishes with a roasty, black coffee bitterness that doesn’t linger too long. There’s also some anise and vanilla extract present at this point. Pretty well-balanced too. Moderate amounts of warming alcohol throughout, and in the end it’s a little excessive. Thick and full-bodied. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 pours a thick black with a thin brown head, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol, flavor is a chocolate explosion, with some roasted malt/coffee flavor, this is a damn good stout. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours oily black with no head. Aroma is coffee up front, with some chocolate, alcohol and faint hops. Flavor more balanced than aroma. As the coffee isn’t as big a presence. Lots of chocolate and some dark fruits with the same hop finish. My 4.1 isn’t bad, but just doesn’t compare to Expedition IMO. kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Kinda congested today so I can’t pick up the aromas as well as I’d like...Still getting some black licorice and roasty aromas. Real thick head with some areas darker and thcker than others...fades pretty quickly. Certainly heavy...At first I thought I’d be able to down it quickly but the density is catching up to me...I may have to savor it for a while. Not as much burnt coffee/alcohol bite as some Imp. Stouts. Very rich, creamy smooth. Slight hint of hops and alcohol at the finish. Look forward to seeing "Russian" back on the label next year! adrian910ss (2581) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 2005 bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma can be described as dark rich chocolate with a hint of plums and slightly burnt coffee. Tastes of fruits,dark coffee, and smoke. Definitely a great imperial stout, but I was kind of let down because of all the hype I heard about this beer. I can think of 5 other imperial stouts Id pick over this one.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Thanks to Kevin, The Dark One, for sharing. Pours dark black and thick. Head is retained throughout the drink. Aroma is a plethora of exotic chocolates. The flavor is heavy chocolate, with a faint coffee middle. The finish is cherry and smoke. A solid effort that results in a most gratifying drinking experience. mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - JUL 16, 2005
bottled, jet black, strong aroma of malt and chocolate, rather fruity for a stout, sweet and very full bodied. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Update 2005 version:
Just as frigging good as the 2001. Same tasting notes as below, alcohol shows a tad more but who cares. Let this bad boy warm up and your in imperial heaven, this is it for me, my all time favorite, 4 years ago I should have given it a perfect 5, well now its got it. Intense, boozy, full of aroma and flavor, rich and easy to drink for its size. The Imperial that sets the standard IMHO. Fantastic and as I said before, this is better then porno. Bravo Stone.
(Spring 2001 tasting notes)
Oh man. 100% black and opaque. Has some deep but slight ruby edges.Tan head dies quick. The nose..let me stress..as soon as I popped the cap the aroma hit me like a tyson overhand right. Burnt dark fruits(plums,raisons,currants)Burnt caramel, with notes of anise,cocoa and coffee. Best damn Imperial aroma ever. Thick and silky smooth in mouth. Intense flavors hit you hard. Raisons ,plums, sweet malt, roasted coffee ,cocoa ,anise and alcohol. All these flavors and it maintains a mellowness that I never had in an Imperial of this size. Masterful brewing. Flavor sticks forever but thats a good thing, I dont want it going anywhere. This is better then porno ladies and gentleman. Just enough hops to add another page to this magnificient story of a beer. Might be the best Imperial I ever had. Impressed to no end and I will be back.
sickgirl282 (3) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
pours an espresso really really dark color, with a light brown head with decent lacing. A creamy, long, not-so-sweet or acidic beer with an easy finish. The warmer it gets, the better the texture (smooth) and carbonation (softer) . barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2005
(draft) First off, looks fantastic. black with a firm brown head, I was almost reluctant to drink it for fear of messing up the head. Flavor is a nice chocolate, with just a hint of bitterness about halfway through. I was a little surprised, and a little disappointed, that the ABV is so high on this one. I’d love to be able to have more than one.