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RATINGS: 2705   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 1994 vintage 750mL bottle at bellís 20th anniversary party. even after 11 years thereís a little hiss on opening and it oozes out of the bottle into a medium size snifter. itís an experience that defies notes on paper, and the promise of vintage bottles of this beer was the biggest impetus to be at the 20th anniversary party: i was not disappointed (although i think it probably wasnít possible for me to be disappointed). the aroma has stayed nearly the same throughout the years, perhaps itís softened a bit. the body...ohh, the body....is a creamy whirlpool of flavor and texture, with no diminishment of the roasted malt thatís always been there, and some hops bitterness has ebbed into a balance that a tightrope walker would envy. any alcohol presence courses so perfectly through the body that if i didnít know it was over 11% i would have said it evaporated away, or that someone added corn starch to thicken it beyond belief. if only i could have this again....

fresh, itís just a bit raw, as the alcohol shines through more. but lay it down for even just one season, and it mellows itself out. to me, this beer is simply the definition of stout. i will drink this beer for the rest of my life, and i will be happy! batch 6811 2005 version? simply amazing, velvety mouthfeel and this beer never ceases to amaze me. tons of hops, but those will eventually drown in the beautiful malt--just give it some time.

2002 pours like syrup, black as black. no head to speak of, and not much carbonation (almost flat). aroma is intensely malty and spicy, slightly alcoholic, a little raisiny. extremely strong body--some burnt coffee, some chocolate syrup. *eventually* finishes semi-sweet, with an alcohol tang. this is a really exquisite, intense beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
Black as coal. Lonlasting brown head. Wonderful deep aroma of dried plums, cocoa, sweetened cherries, black coffee and lemon. Big body, bif flavour...it's just so damn big. Starts with some roasted and burnt coffee notes. Later you can find notes of dark dried fruit, spices, american hops and alcohol. Finishes VERY bitter. And the finish is long-lasting as hell. A masterpice. Big thanks to ciderguy for sending this gem over the pond.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pellertpale (9) - The Fort, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2004 does not count
Perfect in almost every way. I'm confused about the carbonation though seems borderline flat, but just enough to make it easier drinking. Induces beer naps.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Wow, is this thing a monster or what??? Gigantic brown head with big bubbles. Whopping coffee/alcohol aroma. Man, this stuff is a kick in the ass. The alcohol bite just about kills everything in itís path. Itís the Shaq of Beers! After many vintages & bottles, this deserves a higher rating, just for overall consistency of this awesome brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 2003 Vintage-Snifter I've had a lot of other Imp Stouts, but hadn't tried Expe. until now. Very nice aroma-lots of coffee and some burnt toast. Long lasting head for such a strong beer. Flavor is again a mix of coffe, some fruity hops and a big malt backbone. I can image what it might be like in a year or two. I'd say I like it better than Strom King, but maybe not quite as much as Rasputin.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Pours deep dark black. Small dense, dark brown head and low carbonation. Smokey, roasted, chocolate aroma. Roasted and chocolate malt flavor with a ton of bittering hops in the back end. Lots of malt in this. Very thick. Bitterness is up front and lingering. Definitely a sipping beer with an alcohol warmth in your throat. This is a beer that calls my name from time to time, kinda like the "one ring" calls for its master.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
I've just poured my second bottle of Expedition tonight, both from the 2002 batch, and this one poured a fully opaque, thoroughly Stygian hue, with a full head, roasted, deep espresso brown, slowly settling down. Aroma: bitter espresso notes first, then chocolate, dark spices, anise, pepper, then molasses, dark rum, until it's like a licorice whip and a chocolate bar all wrapped together and doused with cofee-flavored cognac, then set ablaze... Taste: Mmmm! Great grit at first, fiercely bold bitterness, lush malt, and eternal finish. This is one stout that grabs hold of the palate from sip one, and never backs down, the flavor asserts itself initially and remains in every corner of the senses. Thick, slick, roasty feel pervades every inch of the brew and every second of your experience with it. At such high ABV, you'd refrain from over-consumption, yet the risk is less likely as the brew itself inspires long, luxuriant sips, and the flavor stays so surely on the palate that one can relax and subsist on the remaining lingering echoes that sit on the mouth. Even at the very end, I'm still detecting notes of charcoal and tar, and a dash of ash. Imperial Stouts rank among my favorite styles, and this will always be up at the top.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
butterybeer (1) - Roseville, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004 does not count
Being from Kalamazoo I love Bells. This imperial stout has a thick rich taste. Easy to drink, good choice for someone unaccustomed to imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Opaque black body and a rich, dark tan frothy head. Smell of roasted coffee and chocolate malt. Powerful flavor of coffee and bitter chocolate. This is an excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Dark black, no head, aromatic, chocolate fruit, flavor of intense strong burnt malt, chocolate, port, and some fruit. Nice bitter finish. Impressive.


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