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RATINGS: 2710   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Rating #300. Pours black, with no head. Aroma is mildy sweet and roasted. Mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, and smooth. Chocolate and roasted coffee on the tongue. Good use of hops. Nice long lingering aftertase. "It's like butta. two sticks of butta!" My Linda Richman quote of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Bottle.2002. Thanks to BBB63 for this one. This beer poured no head, it was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was malty, some hop notes, roasted coffee, and chocolate. The flavor was that of coffee and chocolate with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. I am not a coffee drinker so the coffee flavor in this beer was a little bit not to my liking. Overall, a good beer, but just too much coffee flavor for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Super dark with a big, tan, soapy head. Smells like chalky, dusty, alkali cocoa and some anise. After the super-double-overroasted debacle of the Double Cream Stout, I'm a bit afraid to try my hand at this one. *Tries a sip* Very nice. A dark, fruity, presence, there's gotta be some crystal malt in here somewhere, because the finish is clean without much hop-addled bitterness. A bit watery, too. Definite dusty cocoa the whole way through, as it warms, a bit of cherry comes through. Pretty good as imperial stouts go, could have used a thicker mouthfeel and some more chocolately goodness, but perfectly passable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2004
Mild roasted coffee aroma. Nice dark brown color that only lets a little bit of light through. Nice, but not too bitter, coffee flavor. Smooth with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, not as thick as I would have expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This smells awesome! Big and sweet: vanilla bean, fruitiness (currant), alchohol, and a hint of espresso. The espresso shows more in the flavor for sure - in the form of a nibbling twinge at the back of the tongue. Big chewy flavor, mostly of dark roasted chocolate and espresso - that just sticks around forever. Very good, I just think the aroma was beyond amazing and was hoping for the same in the rest of the beer.

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