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RATINGS: 2854   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Courtesy of Kramer. Pitch black and oily on the pour. Huge chocolate aroma with some roastiness in there as well..and a small hint of fruit I believe. Gigantic flavor. Up front is the soft, oily mouthfeel full of chocolate, and later comes the bittereness. Quite a bit of bitterness. Age this for a while and this would be the most delicious thing Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle Thanks for trade, jsquire.
Aroma of hops, dark chocolate, burnt bacon and soy sauce. Pretty much reflected in taste with addition of vanilla fudge and a bit of black pepper. Pretty complex lady, this one. Long lingering pleasant and warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Kalamazoo Expedition Stout. 13 December 2005. Bottle (1 yr old). This never gets old. In classic I.S. fashion, there is the thinnest of heads, dark oily brown. You can tell this is thick on the pour - the last drops just hang, dribbling out one at a time. This is one of the chocolatiest stouts ever, dominating the aroma. Deep coffee flavors, with some tart cherries in the background. The mouthfeel on this is great: vinous, full and heavy, but oily enough that it slides over the tounge. Last few sips roll heavy in the glass...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This beer suprised me a lot. The aroma first off, much hoppier than I would have guessed, almost the dark fruit "flavor" that one finds in barley wines and such, but in the aroma! Though less "stout" aroma than it could have. Mine was a little flat, so not much head, but it was the darkest head Iíve seen. Flavour is wonderful, complex, diverse from roastyness to fruitiness, lots of sweetness. It might be a tad too syrupy for me in flavor and feel. Minor faults in an astounding beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Ok, so it has been awhile, but I must say somethings never sadden you when you pop them open and obtain that beautiful deep color and smell the richness in the aroma. Has a hoppy taste for such a dark beer... yummy!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
My scores are going to be largely out of line with everyone elses, but my only explanation for this is that the Expedition may be a hit-and-miss beer. This is my first time experiencing it so itís possible I stumbled across one of their better batches aged for just long enough to blend the flavors perfectly. Anyway, disclaimer out of the way, here we go: Pours pitch black with a gorgeous (almost edible) milk chocolate head, with dense packs of carb bubbles clinging seductively to the sides of the glass. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, a touch of black licorice, and dark malt, all of which blends into a bouquet far more inviting and less intrusive than other beers of this abv magnitude. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, very milkshake like, leaving a sticky coating on the lips and tongue. Cholocate and sugars predominant up front followed by dark roasted malt on finish. Superb flavoring - all other ingredients whiffed before drinking blend so well into the chocolate and malt as to be almost individually imperceptible. Alcohol is unbelievably well hidden, probably the best that Iíve ever seen for this strong of a brew. Although the alcohol does eventually make its presence known, itís more in the "gullet burn" than in the taste. You really have to be looking for it on the tongue to even realize itís there. No perceptible way to improve this beer at all in my eyes, so perfect 5.0ís all around. I do believe this one has slipped into my top 5. I plan on having more very soon so weíll see if the honeymoon period lasts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goldenpalate (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
This is the most memorable stout I have ever had. The first thing one notices after pouring is that light, no matter how strong, doesnít pass through this beer! The taste really improves depending upon how long it has aged. I would suggest letting it age for at least a few months. After time passes, some of the rough edges are eliminated. As for the stout, very, very rich and full-bodied, high-alcohol...makes Guinness taste like a light beer. Its taste is hard to describe...very unique, fairly strong coffee taste. If you are a stout devotee you absolutely have to try this...another outstanding beer from Bellís...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2005
Very warming, great mellow flavor,mmm... Thanks to Duane for this one.. aged abit, was going to save, but I can get it again! Alcohol isnt noticeable at all. Rich. A great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Expensive,the longer this beer sits at the liquor store the better.Look for a very dusty 6-pk.If there is no neck label better yet.Flagship of Bells brewery.Perfect brew for the ice-box state

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
05 Bottled in April. I guess it takes that long to bottle condition before release. Pours super thick, dark, almost black color. A small dark caramel head formed that quickly receded. Aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee with hints of alcohol. At first taste, it is hard to believe that this stuff is 11.5%. Stone Impy stout has more alcohol presence than this monster. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very complex flavors. Typical impy stout characteristics but it seems to take those to the extreme. Bitterness seems to lend more towards roasty bitterness rather than hops. Very sweet malty caramel taste. Upon my last sip, I could see a good deal of sediment, which is typical of bottle-conditioned beers, but this was A LOT of sediment. Good stuff all around, doesnít quite have the complexity of Dark Lord, but it is damn close.

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