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RATINGS: 3009   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured the darkest opaque brown with a lighter brown head of minimal size that quickly recedes to the edge of the glass. An awe inspiring aroma sets the mood for this exceptional beer. A deep dark chocolate scent dominates an ever so slight and tantalizing alcohol scent that mixes with a rich spiciness. A blast of flavor accompanies the first sip, a full bodied, chewy choclatey flavor at first that parts way to an array of rich sweet flavors and a hint of pleasingly bitter coffee in the finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
uclaw2007 (4) - USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Poors ooey black with little to no head. Slightly malty, chocolate, molasses nose with faint hint of burnt malt. Hoppiness hit like a ton of bricks on first taste, but not as apparent on second, third, etc. Very good beer...would purchase again and cellar for a year or so then try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours out thick. Realy thick. It was like pouring syrup on pancakes thick. A wonderful smell of chocolate, coffee and a strong sent of alcohol. Simply amazing Stout. Coated my palate with rich flavor I cant explain. There was coffee, chocolate and a bitterness at the end with just a little overpowering of alcohol with every sip. A delightful imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2006
Medium, black motor-oil consistency. Poured into a tulip. Nice, creamy brown lacing. No significant head. Graham cracker aroma with cinammon sugar notes. Grape and date notes come out with some swirling. As for the flavor: Wow! With at least two or three flavor changes throughout the body, this brew really earns its marks. It begins with a slight chocolate, molasses and intensifies with each sip until reaching a zenith of coffee decadence. Iím not even a fan of coffee, but this was amazing. That held for a few minutes until the back-end dropped into a bitter dry-oak wood finish. Canít wait to open the one in my basement in a few years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Deep deep dark black with little little head, sweet aroma, milk chocolate and figs. Incredibly bitter, strong coffee flavor. Tastes like a chocolate chip cookie with strong black coffee. A burnt aftertaste. Flavor changes with every sip. Bitterness dissapeared after the first sip, and turned into milk chocolate. This is incredibly complex, I canít imagine drinking a cellared bottle. Absolutely incredible. The debate on spending $15 for 6 beer was crazy. I would most definitly drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
waldowin (6) - Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
This is probably on of the best examples of a RIS Iíve had to date. If only we had stouts like this in my state, Iíd never have to trade to find them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
Bottle courtesy of, and thanks to Styles!Opaque black pour. Creamy and frothy mocha head receeds to a thin blanket, leaving moderate lace. Upfront milk chocolate aroma makes it seem like Iím about to drink chocolate milk. This intense mily goodness is followed by, and complimented with mildly roasted coffee beans, rum, some leather, and a touch of hops. FLavours are hopped up coffee, with lots of bitterness both from hops and coffee beans. Dark chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips. Milk chocolate finish, with lenghty lingering coffee bitterness top it up. Pretty well balanced, and pretty damn tasty. Top notch, and another gem from Bells. Thanks Chris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 Bottle thanks to TAR. I guess Iím just spoiled, because this seemed just like every other beer Iíve had lately. Has nice chocolate and coffee flavors with a pleasant balance of hops. A bit piney in the back and bitter, but not too strongly. Full mouthfeel, but not as dense as others. A little bit of licorice and alcohol, but not like others find. This is really good, but not as memorable as Iíd expect a beer tated this highly to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wortmana (1) - ann arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2006 does not count
The appearance, aroma and palate are nothing short of exceptional, however, i found myself a little let down from the flavor

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
savandervelde (3) - USA - MAR 23, 2006 does not count
A thoroughly over-rated beer. Youíd garner the same result by mixing 5 pounds of wild flowers, 8 ounces of licorice, a fifth of 5 oíclock vodka, a pint of pernod and a case of Michelob Lager. Take that and footmash it by way of a Masai Tribe and losely filter it through a horseís dirty feed-bag. I donít know what sort of expedition this rating implies but mine was certainly nasty and ill-advised.

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