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RATINGS: 3054   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 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 (1649) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2586) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Rerate after over a decade. Black pour, tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is huge with notes of chocolate, light roast, PNW hops, light dried darker fruit, caramel. Full bodied, this is still one of the best Imperial Stouts that didnít sit in a barrel.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Thick, pitch black, roasted malt and coffee flavor, thanks Hopscotch for sharing this with me....very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 bottle. Sweet Jeebz, thatís black. The head is dark brown and the lacing is an oily, bubbly film. The nose is aggressive of espresso, bark, earth, and strong alcohol. Thick, dry palate of espresso, chocolate, and not-so-sublte earthy undertones. The alcohol is apparent, but no so much as in the aroma. How is the finish so much like espresso? Analysis: Expedition is a thick, robust monster of a beer.
[Feb 17, 2008]
How is this beer so black? It strongly resembles motor oil as it glugs out into the snifter. Superb head retention on this one. The head is the same color as the body of some other stouts. The aroma is thick and complex with raisins, chocolate, espresso, overall very roasty and sharp with commendable balance. The mouthfeel is heavy, to no surprise of mine. Flavor is damned roasted with a wash of espresso in a bittersweet smoky/caramel delivery. Nips of hickory and dark chocolate show up. This is very, very full, savory, and gracefully bitter. Thank you, Bells. I will be buying this every year if I can. $15.00 a sixer is well worth the quality of this product. Actually. . . thatís cheaper than many imperial stouts that are available in bombers, come to think of it.
[February 27, 2008]
Bottle in a blind tasting. Good old Expedition held up pretty well against some other impies. Had the most full, rounded coffee presence with excellent sharp roastiness, mild earthy tones, great espresso impression on this one. The mouthfeel was certainly the heaviest. As excellent as this was, I had to take away a point because it wasnít the clear, decisive winner of the tasting. It just eked by against some pretty tough competition.
[April 23, 2008]
Bottle. Pours black. I mean, this stuff is midnight black with an everlasting head. Lacing is dark, clingy, and dense on the snifter. Tons of heavily roasted, smoky espresso notes make up the nose. An acknowledgeable level of sharp hops
[March 6, 2010]
Bottle. This is a seriously dark beer, rivaling Ten Fidy in opacity. The nose is much like the latter with huge roastiness, ample hops, and a dry chocolate character. The flavor is spectacular with deep chocolate, vanilla wafers, earth, hickory, sharp hops, and pure espresso. Expedition is thick and coating in the palate and a superb go-to big beer to warm my bones in the winter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Delicious smell of chocolate coffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is like half done pudding mix. Excellent flavor of malt and chocolate with strong but tolerable alcohol.

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