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RATINGS: 3024   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
bottle. batch 6811. Aroma: Rich malt aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, slight smokiness, prunes, hazelnut, and slight resinous aroma. A little port wine comes through as it warms. Alcohol is noticeable, but inviting. Appearance: Thick, viscous, and black. Head was small and dark tan, but didnít last long. Almost no lacing. Getting some ílegsí on the side of the glass, though. Flavor: Heavy roasted malt, smoke, French roast coffee, cocoa, raisins, toasted nuts, vanilla. Layers and layers. Alcohol is tasted slightly, but is well hidden. Palate: Full bodied, and then some. Chewy and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Nice alcohol warming on the tongue. Overall: An amazing beer. Complex, but not overwhelming. Everything an Imperial Stout should be and turned up to 11.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle batch #7251: Pours a reasonably thick pitch black, with a small dark tan head. Aroma, coffee, roasted malts, sweetness(molassas). Flavor, bittersweet chocolate, a roasted almost burnt bitterness, very rich, some coffee. The finish on this is superb, not the thickest impy, but itís close enough, there is some lingering coffee and bitter notes, it really coats the mouth well after itís gone. And the alcohol is almost non existant. I really donít buy this as often as I should.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 This imperial stout is the definition of perfection and certainly a favorite of mine. A perfect blend of power and complexity. Pours a virtual blackhole so dark and thick light cannot escape. Looks and smells of dark fruit, licorice, booze, hops and malt, but itís the taste the pushes this stout to the top. Combine the aroma with a smooth, creamy, bitter/sweet finish and youíve got this Imp Stout. Definately a beer to savor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
For the price and availability, this is the best stout out there in my mind. The color is that of the darkest and thickest sludge or used antique motor oil (This stuff is SUPER thick and opaque). The level of flavors and complexities that you get from this beer are simply overwhelming. And at 11.5 % alcohol, you can hardly notice the alcohol presence. (newer bottles are alittle harsh or hot, but give the expedition a year or two to sit in the cellar and you have got your self one of the best beers out there (IMO).

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Svesse (7765) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2006
(Bottled, Akkurat, Stockholm, 14 July) Colour is opaque black with a huge, dense, dark brown head (the head actually looks like chocolate pudding). What a beauty! Nose is overwhelming: intense, roasted, with chocolate, liquorice, coffee, tar, hints of smoke, salt, hazel nuts. Iím almost content just sitting and nosing this for about half an hour. Taste is roasted, full of liquorice, dark bitter chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, tar, syrup, with hints of juniper berries and dark cherries. A bit sweet, but just enough. There is an immense bitter hoppiness here as well, but since this is so comlex and wonderfully balanced it doesnít dominate as much as it would in most brews. Body is full (or rather immense), might order a spoon to eat it with. The fantastic taste and full body even mask the alcohol level. This is an absolute beauty and a true masterpiece, this is getting very close to perfection in my taste. Hopefully I will never find the perfect beer (because as Lemmy and Motorhead sang: the chase is better than the catch - although that was not really about beer), but I can be happy with this one for a while.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Wow do I love this beer! Only complaint is the lack of a thick head, but the amazing complexity of the beer overshadows that minor flaw. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, cherries, molasses and just pure sweetness... alcoholic candy. Intense malts just melt in your mouth... delicious, delicious, delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
What a wonderful beer this one was. It is just like the description says. I would say this is by far the second best imperial stout i have had. If you have not tried it, you are missing out!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This is a very impressive beer. The Expedition Stout tastes a lot like Stone Imperial, in my opinion. The pour is jet black and thick. No head at all on this one. The aroma is of roasted malts and soy sauce. The taste follows that profile. The mouthfeel is very nice and heavy. Make sure you have some time on your hands when you sit down with this beer--it is a sipper. Every bit as good as Stone Imperial Stout. "

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Pours black with little head. Complex aroma of chocolate and alcohol, a lot of roastiness as well. Nice mouth feel. Some bitterness at the beginning, finishes with a sweetness. Very much a sipping beer, not really my style.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Batch #7251: Faint aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Pours jet black with orange head, only if poured sort of violently. Flavor starts off with mocha coffee, then sweet alcoholic burn in the finish. Warms a bit into more fruity sweet flavor- prunes, chocolate orange. The hops start to poke their heads up a bit more and a nice bitterness pushes the alcohol out of the finish. Gets more and more of an earthy flavor- sort of tobacco and oak at room temp.


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