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RATINGS: 2917   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2005
OK..It was late in the Great Taste and Larry Bell brought out a Rehoboam of some aged Imperial Stout..it may have been Batch 3000, but I’m going to mark it down as an aged Expedition. Thin deep brown head, silky and greasy. Fully opaque. Aroma of the deepest regions of Hell with notes of brimstone and the end of the morning shift at Pete’s Coffee in Berkeley. Flavors of raisins, dates, mocha, and tiramisu. Finish is measured in furlongs. Sweetness steamrolled by alcohol and fresh tobacco. My first and only "5"!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle courtesy of BBB63. I couldn’t believe my eyes when i saw a pitch and evil black pour into my glass. Completely opaque and in this rare case, i will compare its appearance to looking like used motor oil. Not much of a head created but a little brown and pink colored topping sat for a moment before breaking up. The aroma is rich in roasted malt and also shows signs of chocolate milk. Dark flavor of roasted and slightly burnt malts with a heaping hop presence. Very strong in its intensity while showing a sweet raisin taste in the beginning. Both bitter and rich, it could also be said that this might be the closest resemblance to coffee i ever tasted in a stout or in any other beer for that matter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Pours black with a beige/yellow head. Roasted/burnt nose with some sweetness and small hints of coffee. Sweet-ish, chocolate, cocoa, coffee liquorice, toast and a thousand more flavours. Alittle bit of soy in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen (25110) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Black coloured with a brown head. Sweet roasted aroma with notes of coffee. Nice flavour with lots of coffee, hops and roasted notes. Very balanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 (on bottle at RBESG 2005)OK, I saw the 100 ovrall and that just can´t happen; nothing is ever 100% is my humble oppinion towards life in general. This is a great stout, but for a Imp. I look for more complex beers and this is not. Has a great aroma of "old bucket for tar", also good smokenotes. taste is of molasses and malt, but too simple to be excelent. Alcoholic finsh and lots of burnt notes too. RERATED aug 08; My palate has clearly changed/learned something here. This time I get a very tarish, smooth and mellow beer, well malted and with a oily, slick finish. 4.2

   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 (15510) - 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.

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