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RATINGS: 3064   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 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 (606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. íroma of nice roast and licorice candy coffee. Packed with positive flvor, extremely nutty first sip - hazelnuts and others. Good licorice note and strong, warming. A beatiful impreial stout looker, with curvy dark brown and hot brown sugar head. If I could have children with a stout Iíd consider this one. difficult to describe, but very, very pleasing, hitting the spot, and deserving of its status.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Many people believe this is one of the best imperial stouts in existance. It has a distinct hint of bitter chocolate and licorace and/or tobacco. The beer is very dense in nature. In my opinion, the biggest fault of the beer is the excessively high alcohol content. The beer tastes way too alcoholic to be enjoyed with any other beers or food. Additionally, the alcohol taste cloaks some of the other potential flavors of the beer. I much moreso prefer Victory Stormking or Troegs Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Rerate. 7817 was packaged on February 1, 2007. Pours a thick black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head thatís got good retention. Aroma of roasty grain and coffee, piney earthy hops, dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, alcohol, anise, salted nuts, and some vanilla. What doesnít this beer have? Flavor is big--salty, roasty, tar and tobacco, vanilla, and char in the dry highly bitter finish. Thick full body with light to moderate smooth carbonation. This is awesome, and with this rerate it is now my highest rated. Old rating follows. 12oz bottle, batch 6811. Pours a thick, syrupy black with a dark tan small head. Nose of dark chocolate, some raisins, coffee, molasses, soy sauce, and alcohol. Complex. Strongest tastes that come through are the chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Pretty soft carbonation. Very good and very thick beer. 9-5-9-4-18--4.5

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
Wow. High viscosity. This has to be the thickest tasting beer Iíve ever had. Almost a syrup consistency. And the alcohol is not too noticeable. Very drinkable for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Picked this bottle up for $2.50 at some store I had never been to before. This was the blackest liquid I have ever seen. My roomate and I were shocked as it poured into the glass. Not much carbonation at all in this beer, but i dont think it needed it. solid overall. I am pretty new to the really strong beers and the alcohol in this one seemed a little too overpowering. Rerate: This gets better everytime I have it. Within a year it will be near the top.

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