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RATINGS: 3063   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2006
In the bottle. Pours blacker than black.A slow cascade of brown bubbles in a dark brown head. Pours thick like syrup. Has a strong malty aroma of caramel and toffee. The palate is extremely thick. This is super-rich like a chocolate cheesecake. The roasted flavor somehow comes into balance with the sweetness and hops. Has some biscuit dough to the aroma as it warms. This is simply a big thick loaf of chocolate bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
Bottled, Kookfest, September 2006. Big, black and brutish. Dark beige head. Oily consistency. Rich and full, with lots of coffee. Some sour fruit on the palate. But lots of hops that lend a citric snatch that I found a little incongruous. I have often appreciated some hop character to provide balance to a big stout but I thought the elements struggled a little to integrate entirely successfully. Not that this is a bad beer by any means. Its just that high expectations can tend to magnify any slight misgivings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2006
A heavy sweet beer. Great smell and visual appeal. I am not much of a writer, so Iíll end it with, it was good beer, but not my favorite stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 The is the imperial stout that all others should be judged by. The perfect balance of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and smoky roastiness show up in both the aroma and taste. The pour is pitch black, like used 20W50 motor oil. Little to no head during the pour, but a little agitation bring up the darkest head I have ever seen in a beer. Very creamy and very filling. I love this beer fresh, but canít wait to try a bottle with a couple years of aging. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Thanks to Drewbeerme for 3 of these!!! Tar thickness and color in the pour with big lacing and no head at all. Aromas of Cherries, Bourbon, Coffee and chocalate. Palate was full of alcohol though, way to much interfering with a beautiful background of sweet malts, oak, vanilla, cherries and coffee. A nice sipping beer for the winter chill. Lots of oak lingering in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Thick, black pour with a very slight tan head. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol content noticeable at the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Nice aroma, malty, coffee, moderate hops. Pours nice and dark, with a small light brown head. Taste is absolutely absurd. So good. Vinous, dark fruits, coffee, roasty, with a wonderful alcoholic finish. Very well balanced. Full Body. One of the greatest beers ever? I think so!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Thick, full dark pour, coating the glass with liquid perfection. Dense and creamy brownish head (although the high alcohol content kills this quickly). Itís short life is beautiful. Alcoholic nose and very peppery. Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and spicy alcohol. A beast, powerful and strong. I like this brew. A great offering from Bells!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Bottle, thanks zeswaft. Dark dark dark. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, hops... Really nice, not hugely complex, but awesome. Super dry, hops are amazing. Drink it warm, but not to warm, or youíll get way too much of the alcohol. Marvelous. Rerate: this beer IS complex. Cherries all over the aroma, and really good chocolate. Iím bumping up my rating on flavor of this from 8 to 9 and palate from 4 to 5.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours a black, caramel color. Smells like chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. Tastes very sweet and chocolate and coffee, with a bitter mocha finish. Fantastic, warming beer. One of my favorites. Even better than non-oak-aged Dark Lord. ---- Blind tasting results, WTF was I thinking. Not nearly as good as Dark Lord, but still amazing. ----- Post Blind Tasting Aroma is sweet and soy. Some molasses, chocolate, sweet. Damn, this is better than DL. Not nearly as viscous. More attenuated, subtle, well-crafted. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slick, slightly bitter, no astringency, but some spiciness. Hops are still present after a year of bottling. Fuck, this is pretty damn near perfect. I can’t think of a better crafted imperial stout. Taste-wise, there might be a few that are slightly better, but this beer is so consistently good that I have to give it a perfect score.

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