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RATINGS: 2817   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Bottle. Black appearance with a tan/brown head with good retention. Aroma is too die for--roasty, with alcohol, sweetness and wine odors. Flavor is delicious too. Roasty bitterness up front, semiwsweetness in the middle, and a little hop aftertaste. Nice full and pleasing palate. Very excellent--thanks argo0.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
very excellent, balanced taste. more affordable and common than the rogue. the strength belies its drinkability. i really like the normal stout from this brewery too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2004
I think this is the blackest Stout I've ever seen. No transparency whatsoever. Deep coffee and malt aroma. Very rich and smooth mouthfeel with a flavor that is rich and complex. Coffee, chocolate, and silky richness. Absolutely amazing beer. No hype here - as has been said - It ain't braggin' if you can do it! Thanks to Slikwily for sending this! WOW!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottled. Black as Ive ever scene with blood red hue. No head, just black goodness in the bottom of my glass. Absolutely powerful stuff, freakin incredible. Condensed stout aroma, power lot of malts, burnt, toasted, incinerated. Texture is like the thickest of Spanish or Italian coffees. Silky, cloying, persistent and generous. This was another generous donation from my good buddy SilkT, I owe you large this time.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Great pour. 1 inch deep brown head. Nice black color. Thick aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Very strong and thick body. Roasted. Chocolaty, with some roasted coffee in the background. Hint of the alcohol. Overall, a well done stout. Very impressed with the beers Kalamazoo brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Sampled February 2004
Pours a deep black color with a creamy brown head. Thick aromas of chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, an aroma I usually associate with Lactose stouts, and alcohol all waft form my glass. What a thick viscous brew, it is quite creamy on my tongue. The thickness and body of this brew helps to balance the roast character, so that it is not overwhelming. It is like a rich, creamy, chocolate covered espresso bean, but accentuated a bit more towards the creamy dark chocolate. This beer has a burnt/ roast astringent finish, which, helps to balance the rich malty sweet flavors that are up front. There is not much in the way of hops, but they would seem out of place in this brew. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, and is only really noticeable in the aroma. Wow, what a wonderful, smooth, sipping beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bad news is that this is my last Bell's that I got from FelonousMonk. Good news is, what a way to go out. Poured pitch black with just a tiny bit of head even after a vigorous pour and what there was quicky went away, but there was a very nice lace down the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and < wheeze > alcohol. My sinuses are now very clean. Tastes really good. My wife makes truffles by hand and I'm reminded of that rich, creamy chocolate she uses. Coffee is definately there. And wow, so is the alcohol. Mouthfeel is great: full and creamy with a slight mineral feel. Drinkability is good, but really suffers because of the incredibly high alcohol content. I'll definately try more of these, but only at the end of the night.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Intense. Motor Oil black. Absolutely NO carbonation. THE richest, heaviest stout Ive ever encountered. Flavors initially of alcohol heat,bitter chocolate, slight fig and soy sauce round it out. The finish is a mixture of alcohol, bitter chocolate and hoppy bitterness. So much to this that I cant do it justice with words. You have to get one of these. As a sidenote, I find this beer tends to be best with a few years of age on it. I like them around 3-4 years old. They really round out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Bottle pours like fricken used motor oil, pitch black with very little head (brown). Initial aroma is of some Soy Sauce as well as Coffee, Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, and something in the Fig/date family. First taste reveals heavily roasted malt and a rich semisweet chocolate flavor. After that settles, a hop bite greets you on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very well balanced this is, not overly bitter, yet with some sweet attributes. The 11.5% is masked very well. Once it warms it develops a bitterness up front, in the back of the mouth, with a sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Very interesting and tasty. One of the better Imperial Stouts I have had. Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
I think I have a new #1...WoW thats all I can keep saying. Pours darkblack not allowing any light through with a small brown head that will darken the glass as it goes down. GIANT chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor is unbelievable... Massive malt, chocolate, burnt coffee and the slightest earth tones. So thick you can chew it an hangs on the palate forever.... What a beer, so happy to find this is almost always available at a local place..... WOW!!


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