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RATINGS: 2915   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6166) - 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 (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Beautiful chcocolate brown. Bittersweet. Similar to Rogue stouts perhaps a touch better. Unpasteurized.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 From the bottle poured a dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Oily thick, canít see through the thing. Great malt taste initially, a little alcohol in the middle and ending in mild hops. Best Bellís Iíve had to date. 9/4/9/5/18 <P> Batch 6672 sampled Nov. í06. Low escape of carbonation as the bottle is uncapped. Pours a fairly viscous black color with a smallish brown head that fades somewhat quickly to a ring. Decent lacing. Aroma is lightly oxidized, still full of deeply roasted malt and dark chocolate. Full bodied and coating. Light cardboard notes blend well with roasted malts. Alcohol is not very apparent. Chocolate, still packs a nice hop bitterness for balance. Damn this beer is rockiní.<P> batch 7205 consumed March í07. Black with a quick fading beige head. Some lacing. Seemingly more malty than other editions. More roasty, less apparent hop bitterness. Slightly less hop flavor than other editions? Deep roasted aroma, slight oxidation. Pleasant, but seemingly lacking the hop punch in taste of earlier editions. Tasty all the same, just a more malty, roasty imperial stout. Quite enjoyable with an aged Acid cigar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - 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 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9231) - 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.

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