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RATINGS: 2853   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 7/21/06 GOING TO DO A RATING CHANGE i BOUGHT A 6ER OF THIS AND AFTER HAVING A COUPLE OF THEM IN THE LAST FEW DAYS i THINK I SHOULD UPGRAE A LITLLE 1ST RATING WAS A 8,5 8 4 18 ON 5/10/04 I had this beer before and did not like it but wanted to give it another try I am glad I did. this was a very good beer going to have to buy some more that said I donít know if I got a bad bottle but got no head no lacing.poured black.aroma got malts,molasses, chocolate and licorice.Flavor got same as aroma with a nice taste of alcohol and fruit like plums,raisins.liked the finish that sweet bitterness I am getting to enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdrick (21) - JAPAN - MAY 9, 2004
The alcohol is very well masked in this stout. The label of 11.5% would make you think that this beer induce a nap, but that isnít the case. Awesome scents roll off of the pour. I have never had a pour produce ANY head though. The dominant scents are those of soy sauce, fig, and raisins. Yes, I said soy sauce... anyone I know that has tasted/smelled expedition stout immediately picked up on the soy sauce scent. The taste of the actual beer is very strong, with an oily chocolate taste. This is not a beginners beer though, its very hard to drink, and I personally couldnít drink more than 2 in a sitting. It paired well with a red wine glass I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
A great stout indeed! (~55 degrees, snifter). A loose brown head quickly dissipates to a ring and some floating bubbles. Lacing is minimal. WHo cares? Aroma is roasted malt and a bit of alcohol... a touch of chocolate as well. Flavor has very little alcohol, suprising in a brew this big. A great burnt/roasted malt flavor, espresso, bakers chocolate, and a touch of hops to keep things balanced. Body is thinner than you would expect, but whatever. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation. Well done, a great stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 Wow, this is a nice stout. Looks good and taste good. Does Bell?s make a bad beer? So far, the answer is no.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Chocolaty goodness, black as can be, smooth and oily, with a wonderful aroma, and I didnít even taste the 11.5% alcohol (bonus). OK, I noticed it, but not overpowering at all. This is a top-notch stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 first off, i FINALLY got a snifter!! that being out of my system- this is the first beer i put into it. i really like the presentation look that the snifter gives this beer. pours like motor oil with a thin tan head. smells of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. hoppy coffee flavor that is not much unlike speedway stout. this is much more drinkable than speedway is however because it is not so thick. great hoppy flavor that adds a very nice bitter aspect to the brew. this is absolutely wonderful, and very worthy of a top 50. this brewery has yet to disappoint me. wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a pitch black with a thick and sticky brown head that does not go anywhere for quite a while. Deep and rich roasted malt aroma with a hint of molasses and a slight trace of alcohol. First taste absolutely blows you away. Wonderfully rich coffee and chocolate taste with a strong malt backbone and a strong bitter finish. Warms on the way down, but hides the ABV well. Thanks again MarkR.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
cheers to zach diesel. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass: no head, really. slight swirling on the top, chocolate brown. smell of alcohol, chocolate, coffeeeeeeeeeee. mmmm, mmm, mmmmmmm. MONSTEROUS! huge. genius. roasty burnt love. tastes great. smooth dark chocolate decadence. warms my belllllly. touche. one of the best beers ive tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Pitch black motor-oil when pouring, a mirror to any trace of light adventurous enough to try to get through. Superb chocolate brown 1-inch head, long-lasting and displaying awesome lacing, foamy, sticky like it came nitro-pushed. Very rich malt aroma, satisfyingly bittersweet with tons of molasses, dark belgian chocolate over home-made cookies, dark european bread, torrefied coffee with two creams. Subtle fruitiness (plums, blackberries), just as subtle complementing hops as I love them, piney and obvious hints of smoke. Very complex, but still not overly envelopping in the aroma department. In mouth though, this is a very intense experience, contemplative flavour development with the typical Bellís milky aspect although thereís almost no sweetness here. Just great smoked chocolate. Multi-dimensional spicy hoppy aftertaste, piney, bitter and very long. Carbonation was much more generous than I was lead to believe from other reviews, itís just perfect here and I think Iíd have enjoyed it less or found it a bit less lively if it hadnít been for a little tongue-cleaning carbonation to entertain such a thick body. Holy Crap, totally dominant monument that I never expected to enjoy all that much and Iíll admit liking some sweetness in my beers and not being a fan of hopfests. Once again, Raindog is the gentleman to be thanked and re-thanked.
Iíve had this a few more times since the original rating and this remains my top imperial stout, does everything right for me. Complex, aging well, bold and superbly balanced. Transcendant world-class offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Beautiful chcocolate brown. Bittersweet. Similar to Rogue stouts perhaps a touch better. Unpasteurized.

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