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RATINGS: 2813   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Tastes like Victory Storm King but with more kick. Pours like syrup. Great even buzz with no trips to the dark side.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
Pours an inky black with no head or carbonation. Itís so thick that that, combined with its deep, black appearance makes it looks just like used motor oil (as many have pointed out). The aroma is of roasted malts, alcohol, and cocoa. The smell is so powerful and rich. This feels heavy and thick in the mouth, like syrup. The flavor explodes with coffee, roasted malts, plums, brown sugar; this is very complex. This is my favorite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark motor oil. Thin tan head that just sits on the oil slick below it. Roasted malt and slight ripe fruit in the background. Finish is a bit warming from the alcohol. My favorite in the bells to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Pours a jet black color with a small dark tan head. Motor oil thickness out of the bottle...this one looks like I might need a knife and fork. Lacing is minimial. Aroma is burnt chocolate and alcohol. Not much else going on here. Flavor is chocolate, toffee, roasted coffe beans and alcohol. Nice bitter finish. Body is very full and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
I beleive this may be my new favorite. Pours pitch black with a cocoa colored head, cannot see carbonation. Smells like coffee, sweet malts, and sharp hops. Flavor is at first very smooth and coffee like, becoming very bitter, then dry and tangy at the end, grassy hops, and slow bitter finish. Very nice and complex changes in flavor! Enormously enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours an opaque motor oily black with a medium brown head. Beautiful aroma of earth, roast, chocolate and ample hops. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt and ample hop content to balance out the intense malt bill in this recipe. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with a bitter, somewhat burnt, slightly vinuous aftertaste. Alcohol content is present but not overpowering. Delicious, one of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had. Nice lacing on the glass. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Not sure if I got a bad batch. Poured black but was completely flat...no head or carbonation to speak of. Very thick in the mouth with coffee/chocolate flavors. Alcohol is very prominent and to overpowering for my liking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottle: Lots of coffee and black licorice in the aroma. Also some dark chocolate and light caramel. Flavor is rather malty with lots of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Light licorice in the background. Coffee presence is more in the finish with a some burnt flavors. Coffee aftertaste. 9-5-9-5-18

Batch 7205 (Opened on 8/11/09) : The aroma is loaded with chocolate, molasses, black licorice, dark fruits, smoke, light coffee, and a hint of alcohol. After a few sips which opens up space for a more vigorous swirl in the glass, the alcohol is definitely more apparent in the nose, but not overbearing, and the roasted coffee notes also increase. It pours completely black with what is a mostly insignificant brown head that slightly fizzes up upon the completion of the pour and quickly settles into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The minimal head leaves behind minimal lacing, but the beer itself leaves a nice coating on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a big dose of chocolate and molasses. Thereís a nice sweet fruity presence in the background. The finish has notes of black licorice, roasted coffee, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol isnít noticeable at all in the flavor. Itís full bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. You really canít ask for a better mouthfeel in an Imperial Stout. 10-5-9-5-18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle. Motor oil black color, with only a faint tan head. Several different layers of aroma: earthy hops, chocolate, espresso, fruit, vanilla, whiskey, alcohol. This beer is thick and heavy. Roasted chocolate malt, and tons of it. Smokey, silky and smooth. Alcohol notes (hard to avoid with how much is in this). Lots of fruitiness as well, raisins I think. A punishingly complex brew. Dessert. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Draught (and bottle). Wow...very sweet and complex. The usual Bellís yeast has been hammered into submission (good) by the power of this imperial stout. Very well balanced as it has to be, almost barleywine-esque but not as apparently alcoholic.

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