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RATINGS: 2700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Aged 1 year. Aroma is roasty coffee, chocolate, carmel, and vanilla. Flavor is smooth roasty malt and very delicious. Bitterness is subdued. Upping aroma by 1, flavor by 1, palate by 1, and overall by 2, up from 7-5-8-4-14.

All right, all you crazys. Finally I broke one of these puppys open. Was expecting what I found, and not what the ratings suggest. Deep deep brown, tan head. No light escapes. Aroma is a menage of chocolate, alcohol, and coffee, actually reminding me of an uncrushed bag of roasted barley, which is not really a bad thing. This will definately gain a point or two with age. Flavor is sharp and smooth at the same time, with alcohol and roast battling it out for supremacy. Very viscous mouth feel. Finish is a lingering coffee roasted bitterness. Hops blend with the roast and disappear. This will mellow and gain points as time passes, but right now is not worthy of the greatness of its average.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
The color is black as night with a big brown head and lots of lace. The aroma is of roasty malt, currants, and raisins. The flavor is roasty, bitter, malty, and most of all BIG. The alcohol warming is there as well. The malt and bitterness follow in the aftertaste. Excellent beer. Huge, big, great Impy Stout.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Overall a superb beer. Every drop was excellent or better! poured black, tasted of chocolate, coffee, raisins. the mix was great. Drank 2 this round, will do another 2 after a year or 2 and then finish the 6pack off at a much later date. very excited to see what time will do to this already fabulous beer. definitly the best brew iíve had to date.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Bottle. Smoked aroma with lots of chocolate notes and not much in the way of coffee. Pleasant and very sweet aroma. Opaque black pour with orange/tan head that trickles away ever so slowly. Milky, sweet, chocolate, ethanol twinge, more sweetness to finish. Lots of chocolate in this guy and not much coffee. This is an absolutely gorgeous Imperial Stout and thankfully it is not overhyped. This outperforms Storm King and Sam Smithís and all other beers Iíve had with the exception of St. Bernadus abt 12. Many props to jsquire for this one!!(8/5/10/5/19)--&# ounce bottle (batch 8864 - 12/04/08 - nearly 2.5 years old) purchased at American Spirits for $3. Sweet chocolate, sherry, light cardboard aroma with tons of chocolate and mild-moderate roastiness. Very quaffable. Mildly transparent virutally black body with a very minute brown head. Nice legging. Starts with a little bit of chocolate roastiness and scant astringency. Balanced with nice sweetness in the middle and fair roastiness later on. Ethanol is hidden beautifully. Slightly thin, but outstanding nonetheless. My initial score has gone down just a little.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Very Dark. Thick on the Tongue. Pours Syrupy. Lives up to itís 11.5% alcohol rating. A beer to respect.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1506) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Thanks to Capt. Cougar for this one. Big flavor, thick mouthfeel, and really well balanced. I didnít realize this was an imperial at the time, and I canít believe the 11.5%!! That is a tribute to how well made this is.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1948) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 5, 2004
The word "huge" doesnít do justice to this beer. Itís jet back with minimal carbonation. Powerful aromas of hops, licorice, rasins, alcohol, roasted malt, and terriaki sauce. It has a remarkable flavor evolution too, moving from hops, to dark fruit, to alcohol, and finally to the dark-roasted coffee, nut, and dark chocolate. Itís also insanely heavy in the mouth. I could see this beer maturing into a work of art in a few years, but the sample I had was just a bit too much for me at this point.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Tastes like Victory Storm King but with more kick. Pours like syrup. Great even buzz with no trips to the dark side.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
Pours an inky black with no head or carbonation. Itís so thick that that, combined with its deep, black appearance makes it looks just like used motor oil (as many have pointed out). The aroma is of roasted malts, alcohol, and cocoa. The smell is so powerful and rich. This feels heavy and thick in the mouth, like syrup. The flavor explodes with coffee, roasted malts, plums, brown sugar; this is very complex. This is my favorite brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark motor oil. Thin tan head that just sits on the oil slick below it. Roasted malt and slight ripe fruit in the background. Finish is a bit warming from the alcohol. My favorite in the bells to date.


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