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RATINGS: 2852   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle @ RBESG2005. Huge roasted aroma, loads of coffee and brandy. Jet black body, small tan head. Very roasty and chewy flavor, coffee and brandy dominates. Its really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14781) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @RBESG’05
Opaque black, small expresso head. Expresso nose: lots of coffee and hint of licorice. Hoppy, foamy, coffeeish, chocolaty. Long licorice aftertaste. Really full-bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. My highest rasted beer so far. Dark brown color. Creamy beige head. Rich, rich aroma. Absolutely fantastic flavor. I want to drink this forever. Thanks to tiggmtl for bringing this to the grand tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
pours a stream of dark brown, but is black in the snifter, with a light brown dense foamy head that goes quickly. aroma is deeeeep roasted malt, fresh cigar, coffee, prunes, and hops. mouthfeel is slick, thick, and creamy. flavor is a LOT all at once --- coffee, burnt malt, vodka, and saltiness. strong hops keep the palate surrounded with bitterness. a little lacing happens each time the glass is tilted. quite a well done imperial stout but a little too high on the IBU side for me. albiet, the aftertaste is clean, lingering burnt malt and hops. thanks to Beeryum for this one!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rxmaster (2) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2005 does not count
Appearance - Dark, almost black body with very large and thick dark tan or cappucino colored head. The head reminds me of what you get when you wash oily hands with pumice soap at a garage. A nice lacing was left all the way down the glass after the drink was consumed. Smell - Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate mix with a light smell of alcohol, hinting at the treat to come. Taste - Slightly sweet beginning with roasted malts and grains predominating, followed by hops, burnt coffee and alcohol flavor at the end Mouthfeel - Thick, much the same as it’s appearance. Slight tingling and bitterness from the hops. Drinkability - I wouldn’t go to the bar and drink a few of these in a row, but these would be perfect for the occasional treat to a truly world class brew or with steaks on the grill.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours like motor oil with a very dark brown 1/2 inch head. Not much lace. Smells of rich dark malt, bitter dark chocolate, coffee with a touch of cream. Tastess is rich and bitter dark malt. Bitter dark chocolate. Decadent roasted malt. Coffee. Bitter coffee finish. Big thick beer, bitter aftertaste that lingers long. This stuff is yummy. I love a good imperial stout and this one is a great one. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
What cant you say about this stout. Super complex palate with loads of malts and hops. Vanilla, maple, coffee, chocolate and roasted notes hit you on the way down. Very drinkable for a stout. Perfect for those snowy winter nights at the pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1491) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Batch ID #6672. The gurgly pour is black as night with a small, chestnut brown head. The aroma is full of hops, roasty malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and hints of the 11.5% ABV. Thick, rich, smooth and syrupy. A little soy sauce present in aroma and taste. Still, quite sweet with plenty of chocolate and coffee present along with tons of roastiness. The finish lingers with just enough bitter hops and a good deal of warmth. Noticeable alcohol throughout that only adds to the intense flavor. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours pitch black with almost no head(creamy). This looks like motor oil. Smells of dark rich chocolate, coffee, malts and black licorice. Tastes like a mixture of dark chocolate, plums,prunes,coffee, and black licorice. Has a nice bite to it. Tastes better with every sip. A top 3 imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Pours pitch black with a fully receding milky brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasting coffee, vinous malts, and alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and ends with a spicy alcohol note. Mouthfeel is thicky, oily, and aggressive. Some aging could improve this. Still pretty good fresh.

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