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RATINGS: 2917   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Rating #100. Bottle, batch 6811. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, smoky malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is initially of sweet chocolate fruitiness, with a nice mellow smokiness on the way down the throat. Some hops throughout. A very balanced, complex beer, that keeps getting better every time I drink it (and definitely is at its best quite warm). One of my top 5.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintbypint (3226) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
Rating #500, bottle from HogTownHarry. 355ml brown bottle. Deep brown black colour, oily, small trace of fine mocha coloured bubbles appeared on the surface, but soon vanished. Very rich aroma, coffee came through at first, then hops, then chocolatey malts. Full, thick, viscous body coats the mouth. Very gentle carbonation. Huge flavours - it is at first sweet, then coffee/roast malts and chocolate appear, lingering bitter hops in the finish with some warming alcohol. Flavourful, bold, but still manages to be balanced and very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Pours a deep dark black color with a small reddish brwon head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, with a hint of hops. Flavor has a lot of big chocolate taste, with some coffee, and I think a touch of smoke. A damn fine stout.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hamster (1) - urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
2005 bottling. a superb brew any year, but 2005ís is transcendent. when my roommate and i first split a case last november we were pleased, but as we drank into it the beers just got better... and better... we got another case. first it was thick and sweet and alcoholic. a few weeks ago, it tasted of cherries! now, itís as rich as hardyís or leeís but with all the charm of roast. this is the first beer i have felt compelled to review, and iíve had hundreds of beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2041) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2006
12oz bottle: This one pours an inky, very dark brown color. There was almost no head on the pour, but a moderate tan one came up through the darkness to the surface. It subsides quickly. The nose is fairly potent. Chocolate and a roastiness are the most noticeable. Some coffee and alcohol come through also. A bit of a sweetness to it also. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and silky: definitely a full bodied beer. The taste seems to be more complex than the aroma. The chocolate is there, but not as strong as I thought it would be. Hints of dark fruits, roastiness are in the taste profile also. Almost no sweetness, and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is an extremely good beer. I donít remember who sent me this in a trade, as I have been aging it for awhile, but thanks again!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Pours dark with a decent size tan head, aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, alcohol, and hops. The flavor is sweet, coffee-like, hoppy, very thick, with a bitter finish, beautiful brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottle. This is a good one! It pours opaque with a solid dark tan/brown head. It has a wonderful aroma making me want to climb into my pint glass. It is big and bold and full of complex flavors as should be for the style.There is a slight initial malt sweetness that soon dissolves into a beautiful dryness that lingers through the finish. It is surprisingly drinkable for such a huge beer( a session RIS?). It falls short only to the very elite Imperial Stouts(top 3 or so, I consider this a top 5 or so). If you like this, then try their Batch 7000 as it is the next step from this. Well done!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
wow. this beer is massive. pours like syurp. extremely thick extremely dark black beer with almost no head. with a bit of work you can stir up a dark brown head. aroma of sweet soy sauce coffee alcohol anise and hops. bittersweet coffee anise and alcohol dominate the flavors. slightly salty. great body. full and very thick. this beer just coats your mouth. minimal carbonation. finish lasts for days.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Holy Crap! My first 5.0, and thatís saying something because Iíve not been partial to monster brews in the past. I can say very little that hasnít been already said about this one. I was amazed at how smooth this one was considering its abv. Normally much over 8% and I start to wrinkle my nose. This one was a complete beergasm.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whateveralesme (22) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2006
12oz. bottle. Blacker than a black hole. Thicker than shit. Itís like drinking a meal, a very fine meal. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and overall tastiness. Canít taste the alcohol at all. Incredible.


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