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RATINGS: 3027   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
I had tried Bellís Expedition Stout once before, but had only remembered that it was thicker than most stouts I have had. I bought another 12 oz bottle a week ago with the sole intent to sample it again and review it on ratebeer.com. The pour was akin to a bottle of Hersheyís chocolate syrup or perhaps motor oil sludging its way downwards into the waiting pint glass. Once the pour was complete, the glass looked like a pint of expresso, medium brown foam attached. The beer itself smells like the playground bully at Stout School: deep roasted malts, hops, chocolate, raisins, and probably 20 other foods that I cannot even identify. The first sip was jarring to all 5 of my senses plus 3 or 4 that I didnít even know I had. Explosions of bitterness, chocolate, smoky flavors! There is no arguing that this beerís taste is complex. In my humble opinion, the flavor is just too abrasive for my liking. I certainly respect and appreciate what the brewers at Bellís have accomplished with their Expedition Stout, but the truth is is that I enjoy easier- drinking stouts. I had to rate the overall score according to my own enjoyment while drinking it, and I just didnít feel that it was pleasantly drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2007 This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted!! Black with no head. Has sweet roasted coffee flavor with smooth creamy aftertaste. Very complex beer. A must try for any REAL beer drinker. Thanks Ryan for the bottle!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Pours a thick brown black that looks like used motor oil with a small brown head. Aroma is loaded with roasted hops, malts, coffee beans and molasses. Flavor is much the same with almost a cognac like note. Lots of coffee flavor on the finish with a notable alcohol burn. Nice medium full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 12 oz. bottle via trade with Ohiodad - Pours a thick black color with a small brown head that quickly fades to a film. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is light chocolate, esters and spicey with a nice roasted malt background. Has a light roasted flavor with lots of esters (plum). The bitterness kicks in after you swallow the beer. Very slight alcohol warming. A smooth medium to full body beer. An excellent beer. Thanks Scott.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2006
This gets points off for the following reason: itís a seasonal. I thought Victoryís Storm King Imperial Stout was dark. This is blacker than Hitlerís soul. And dear lord, it tastes like it. Everything youíre looking for in a stout and more. Buy it. Now.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Pours like 10K mile used motor oil. Thatís a good thing. Color of the beer cannot be determined due to the fact that my brightest flashlight couldnít penetrate the pint glass. Infinitely complex yummie warming goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1637) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, batch 6811. Pours an opaque black with an almost non-existent dark brown head that is quickly gone.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, lots of alcohol, raisins, anise and cola.

The flavor is the same as the aroma...very sweet chocolate malts, lots of alcohol, and some dark fruits. It finishes sweet and sugary but with a burnt bitterness that helps to balance it out some. The mouthfeel is medium to full and smooth but low on carbonation.

I was worried that this would be another disappointment like the Mephistopheles. It was similar in some ways (lots of sweetness and alcohol), but this was not as over the top and better balanced. Still a little to sweet and alcoholic for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2565) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Thanks to px2grafx for throwing this in as a freebie! Wow. This was one of the darkest pours Iíve had. A small tan head formed over the oily body. But, there was absolutely no lacing. Aroma was a blast of everything. Huge PNW (I think..) hop aroma with tons of dark malts. Roast, chocolate and darker fruits dominated. Alcohol was hidden very well but it was pretty obvious this wasnít a 5%er. I guessed the alcohol to be around 11-12%.. and wow LOL. First sip this was good, but the end of the bottle I was ready for another 3. This was like a bigger version of the Smuttynose Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Aroma of smoke, coffee, chocolate, hops. Flavor HUGE smoke, burt coffee, hops and bitter chocolate. ABV is strong, nice warming, with lasting hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottled. Pours an oily liquid. Smoky chocolate/caramel scent, and for some reason, the scent reminds me of outdoor markets back in the Philippines! Its more of a nostaligic scent than an offensive one. Smoked chocolate flavor. Has a very malty, dry finish. One of the best beers Iíve ever had! Well worth the steep $13.99 price! Special thanks to Mike K. for sharing this with me. Thanks mate!

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