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RATINGS: 2835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Black color, with a brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavors are coffee, bitter chocolate hops and somewhat nutty. Body is creamy. More bitter than I expected, and the alcohol is hidden better than I would have guessed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Fruity and nutty, yet pulls you into the dirt with some unexpected black coal and graphite underpinnings. Tinge of alcohol on the exhalation--just enough to remind you what you’re dealing with. Creamy and upright on the palate, with a lingering afterstay on the back of the tongue. Complex yet low-maintenance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Sweet, soft, dough-like aroma with fruity notes and plenty of charcoal-like roastiness. Opaque brown-black body is topped with a decent brown head that recedes slowly to cover with some lace. Very sweet, thick and chewy malty flavour. Heady. Some alcohol apparent and strong warming. Decadent and dessert-like the texture is smooth and creamy in the mouth with gentle carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, radiomgb!
Had the chance to sample a 2001 vintage bottle (in late 2005) and found that it has not held up all that well even though one would expect it to age. Not that it becomes bad, just that it is nowhere near as good. The hops recede and it becomes vinous and roasty with a sticky sweet finish (8-3-7-3-15=3.6).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of mocha chocolates, roasted malts, and light bitter coffee. This is one good tasting beer. Alcohol content well hidden. Smooth and easy to drink. Gotta get some of this one...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Thank You Santa! Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Pours almost jet black producing a small head that became lacing in no time. Flavor is giant with coffee, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of dark fruit somewhere in there. Very slick on the palate as was smooth all the way down. Ended with a nice alcohol bite at the end. Wonderful beer that will become a staple of my cellar as soon as I can find some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2003 Bottle- Aroma is much differant the other Imperial Stouts I’ve had, peanut butter, chocolate, a bit of butterscotch. Body is black, no head formed. Served probably a little too cold, but coffee, and bittersweet chocolate stand out in the most after the first sip. Gets a bit nutty, hops are present in the background, very subdued. Alcohol is perfectly covered.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Bottled 2002. Pours a thick black body with no head, really no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is very roasty, with chocolate and espresso. Flavor is similar: bitter cocoa and coffee, as well as some cherry. Very intense with the high alcohol fairly well-masked. Stouts usually aren’t my cup of tea, but this was great. It seems to have aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours like motor oil. The head was two inches thick & never collapsed. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel, sweet body, nice balanced top hopping, middle flavors are wonderful, gentle aroma hops. Ass kicking stout. There are scant few beers available that can top this one for me. Essential beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Poured a very nice brown, dark chocolate. Aroma was almost an espresso. Very thick and chewy in texture with hints of coffee, cream and toffee with a decent amount of hops. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vtrain (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Great pour- nice dark color. Brown head was perfect in appearance. Lemon nose was eye-opening and smooth. Rich velvet sip, fantastic texture that massages the mouth & tongue. Lemon taste goes on from the nose with a little butter & caramel finish.

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