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RATINGS: 2729   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.
Available October-March.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
pours a stream of dark brown, but is black in the snifter, with a light brown dense foamy head that goes quickly. aroma is deeeeep roasted malt, fresh cigar, coffee, prunes, and hops. mouthfeel is slick, thick, and creamy. flavor is a LOT all at once --- coffee, burnt malt, vodka, and saltiness. strong hops keep the palate surrounded with bitterness. a little lacing happens each time the glass is tilted. quite a well done imperial stout but a little too high on the IBU side for me. albiet, the aftertaste is clean, lingering burnt malt and hops. thanks to Beeryum for this one!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rxmaster (2) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2005 does not count
Appearance - Dark, almost black body with very large and thick dark tan or cappucino colored head. The head reminds me of what you get when you wash oily hands with pumice soap at a garage. A nice lacing was left all the way down the glass after the drink was consumed. Smell - Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate mix with a light smell of alcohol, hinting at the treat to come. Taste - Slightly sweet beginning with roasted malts and grains predominating, followed by hops, burnt coffee and alcohol flavor at the end Mouthfeel - Thick, much the same as it’s appearance. Slight tingling and bitterness from the hops. Drinkability - I wouldn’t go to the bar and drink a few of these in a row, but these would be perfect for the occasional treat to a truly world class brew or with steaks on the grill.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours like motor oil with a very dark brown 1/2 inch head. Not much lace. Smells of rich dark malt, bitter dark chocolate, coffee with a touch of cream. Tastess is rich and bitter dark malt. Bitter dark chocolate. Decadent roasted malt. Coffee. Bitter coffee finish. Big thick beer, bitter aftertaste that lingers long. This stuff is yummy. I love a good imperial stout and this one is a great one. Superb.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
What cant you say about this stout. Super complex palate with loads of malts and hops. Vanilla, maple, coffee, chocolate and roasted notes hit you on the way down. Very drinkable for a stout. Perfect for those snowy winter nights at the pub.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1362) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Batch ID #6672. The gurgly pour is black as night with a small, chestnut brown head. The aroma is full of hops, roasty malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and hints of the 11.5% ABV. Thick, rich, smooth and syrupy. A little soy sauce present in aroma and taste. Still, quite sweet with plenty of chocolate and coffee present along with tons of roastiness. The finish lingers with just enough bitter hops and a good deal of warmth. Noticeable alcohol throughout that only adds to the intense flavor. Great beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours pitch black with almost no head(creamy). This looks like motor oil. Smells of dark rich chocolate, coffee, malts and black licorice. Tastes like a mixture of dark chocolate, plums,prunes,coffee, and black licorice. Has a nice bite to it. Tastes better with every sip. A top 3 imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Pours pitch black with a fully receding milky brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasting coffee, vinous malts, and alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and ends with a spicy alcohol note. Mouthfeel is thicky, oily, and aggressive. Some aging could improve this. Still pretty good fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Black as coal with a fluffy medium brown head. Nose is licorice and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is licorice, plum, sherry, a hint of soy sauce and some dark chocolate. The finish is long and dry with some coffee bitterness. Full, rich creamy palate.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours black, as in night, with a dark brown head that receded pretty quickly. Hoppy aroma w/ just a little underlying hint of roasted malts. A a sweet maty flavor with underlying hoppy bitterness that fades into a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. A perfect blend of hops and malts for the perfect stout! I think I’m in love.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Bottle. Thick and smooth. Boisterous roasted malts in both the aroma and taste. Slightly sweet before the hops kick in to bitter up the aftertaste. I detect a slight tartness that compliments the sweetness. The alcohol is noticable, but gets out of the way of everything else going on here. Poured as dark as a moonless night with a tall dark brown head that quickly dissipated. Overall, a hearty, delectable stout. 2006 Bottle opened 1-09. Opaque black with tan head that quickly diminishes. Roasted malty aroma with a touch of oxidation. Notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted and burnt grain. Very light hint of resin. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter. That remained through the finish. The heavy bitterness in the finish is gone though the alochol is evident. Full body with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. I actually liked the aged bottle better, but also realize after several other bottles, both fresh and aged, that I had overrated this beer originally.


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