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RATINGS: 2792   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
So good. Dark as night. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. The taste is wonderfuly complex. Sweet chocolate, carmel, roasted, with a creamy feel. There is a sharp bitterness but not one that overwealms the malt bill. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 15, 2004
Nice, strong mocha aroma. Pour like oil and a surprisingly large head in my snifter. What a great beer. I just had a Bell's Two Hearted IPA before this, and what a great follow-up. Very creamy and smooth. I can't tell that there is 11+% in this. Rich, roasted mocha taste; caramel; sweet malts and relatively sweetish hops. Wonderful. One of the finest beers that I've ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
A winner in every sense. Black as tar and nearly as thick. Strong coffee aroma and flavours complement the tastable alcohol. Its a big beer that deserves big respect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 13, 2004
#400! Yeah! I couldn't have picked a better beer either. I still refuse to give a 5.0. Pours opaque with a dark brown tight head with hints of burgundy. Lacing lasts through the entire beer and coats the entire bottom of a 30 oz. snifter. An aroma of rum-raisins (which I believe is essential for a great imperial), coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, oh yeah,... and alcohol. It has a flavor that is just as complex with hints of vanilla and a great hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel, while being incredibly thick, is far more enjoyable than that of the Dark Lord which is far thicker. The finish is nothing short of extraordinary with a lingering hoppiness on the back of the mouth. Nothing short of brilliant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Strong roasy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol smell. Same with flavor. Wow, first Imperial anything. No head. Sticky as hell-you can tell theres tons of stuff in here. It's fun watching the bubbles struggle to make it through this brew. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8171) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Man, am I excited about this one! I just poured it, and it is even darker than the cherry stout (which I described as "blacker than the Ace of Spades") with a gorgeous light brown head and great lacing. The aroma is of malt, cabernet, licorice, and slightly perfumy. My God, the taste and finish are pure heaven, super smooth, creamy, roasty, with final bursts of sweet maltiness, coffee, cabernet, licorice, and chocolate. Fabulous stout. The alcohol is definitely present, but it doesnít overwhelm the beer. Exquisite. I stack this one up there with Brooklyn Double Black, Weyerbacher Old Heathen and Raspberry Imperial, and Sam Smiths among the beers Iíve had (and I still havenít had the Dark Lord, Alesmith, Old Rasputin, Stone Imperial Stout, and Rogue Imperial Stout).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Big thanks to kujo9 for this one. I want more - lots more. This is a phenomenal beer - oily black with no head and rich black-cherry edges. Roasty and sweet and plummy and somehow seeming to offer up both chocolate and vanilla. Very complex both in aroma and flavour. I think maybe some black licorice made an appearance too before a wonderfully astringent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
I HORDE THIS BEER. I easily have 2 cases stored away. Pours with no head. BLACK. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Not for the faint-hearted. A delightful way to enjoy is over a premium vanilla ice cream, much the same way one would have a rootbeer float.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Pours black and strong. I had one at noon and only later realized I didnít actually eat lunch. The flavor is complex, changing slightly as you allow the beer to warm. I fully recommend this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (9960) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
with thanks to Clarkvv - pours a dark black, motor oil like liquid, the fine black tainted head quickly reduces, coffee and black chocolate aroma with plumy and vanilla notes, toasty, incredible bitterness, very oily, the finish is very long, dry and deadly bitter with notes of cream and coffee - this is just too much of everything to be a great beer

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