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RATINGS: 3068   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 First of all, I must thank my man moejuck for actually letting this one go in a trade. Man, if I had access to this beer I’d be all over it. This would be it. This beer from Bells is damn near perfect. Aroma is just astounding with a nutty, coffee, chocolate, whiskey, rum, maple, molasses and hopped perfectness. I still have thoughts of this beer running through my mind. Appearance is midnight black, sludge-like thickness with a completely coating mouthfeel that coats your glass and mouth with a wonderful tingly feeling. Flavors are perfect. It can’t get any more plain than that. Coffee, rum, anise, vanilla, chocolate and hops/malt balance is just an awesome thing to behond. I’m given map props to Bells for making this, and I’m going to have to spearhead some sort of movement to get these guys to start shipping their beers out West.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Probably one of the worst beers I’ve ever had. It looks absolutely disgusting with its motor oil like appearance and small film of a head. The aroma reminds me of burning terribleness and it has probably permanately damaged my nostrils. The beer is entirely too thick as it coats your mouth in horrendous roasted malt flavors. To top it off, it’s got this extreme earthy bitterness to it that really ruins my day. I’m sticking to fizzy yellow beer from now on. I wouldn’t wish this trash on my worst enemy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle -- Rating #400! Wow - pours like used motor oil with a brown head. This brew is powerful! It has aromas of coffee, fresh air and balsamic vinegar. I think it hides the alcohol quite well. The body is thick and gigantic. It has a syrupy feel as it glides through the mouth. It displays hard core tastes of coffee and espresso with other earthy tones followed by a bitter aftertaste (not as sweet as some which I prefer). This aftertaste is reminiscent of a Super 8 bedspread in a smoking room combined with a strong cup of coffee. This one was powerful - I was not aware of the 11.5 alcohol % when I started enjoying this beauty! Hello! Thanks Secret Santa for sending me this wonderful brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
Robe noire surmontée d’une épaisse mousse brune qui s’estompe. Arômes d’alcool, de pain et d’avoine. Saveurs d’alcool, d’avoine, de céréales, de café et d’houblon amérisant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 (Bottle 2004 at Akkurat, Stockholm) Pours totally black with nougat coloured head. Dark chocolate, asfalt, tar, plums and fruits. Heavy roasted, burned malt aroma with salty, earthy and rasiny hops. Some soy in in both nose and taste. Burned, peppery flavour with a ridiculously big body. Warming taste, great bitterness, lovely mouthfeel. I like. 2 try: Pours black. Pine, chocolate and salt liquorice aroma with some acetone and dark fruits. Roasted malt and burned rubber. Plums and wet stone. New asfalt and tar. Dark chocolate, liquorice and some coffee in flavour. Criminaly thick mouthfeel with a lingerind oilyness. A bit dry. Heavily roasted and burned. Hints of menthol-ish, fiery alcohol. Medium to high bitterness. This one almost kicks Kagges ass...Almost....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. Delicious. Second only to the Speedway Stout and a toss up with the Yeti. Thick pour with a late arriving head that dissipated fairly fast. Deep malty, sugar theme with dark chocolate and molasses flavors. Coffee aroma and taste and definately present. Very thick and velvety. Take your time on this one - heavy and with a high alcohol content - NOT an easy, summer afternoon beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Bottle. Pours an amazing thick black color with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted hops and malts. Taste of coffee, caramel and cocoa. Alcohol is very present but blends in well making this lucious necture go down oh so smooth. This ladies and gentlemen, is one helluva good stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Timing is, again, everything. I was really looking forward to this beer, as it is one of the top-rated in the world. However, I found that it is NOT the beer for a hot summer’s night. Great aroma of very sweet malty chocolate and carmel. The taste follows suit, and at first was enjoyable. However, by mid glass, the beer seemed to get thicker and sweeter, and by the end, the alcohol was leaving a very warming sensation and it was like drinking a sweet thick syrup. I intend to pick up another bottle of this when I’m in the midwest, and next time drink it on a cold winter’s night, maybe aas an after-dinner drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scalffd (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Perhaps I am too much of a newbie, but this beer did not please me. While highly regarded among beer enthusiasts, the alcohol dominated this beer. The pitch black color was exciting, but the small, fizzy head that soon disappeared was lackluster. The smell and taste of alcohol dominated all others in this beer. Sorry, not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harazzyou (3) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006 does not count
Pours A perfect jet black with A minimal caramel colored head that does’nt stay long. Aroma is strong roasted malts, hops, A little fruity sweetness threw me off A bit. A little to sweet going down, but A nice bitter finish. Great beer all an all, just too sweet for this style. Needs A little more ballance.

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