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RATINGS: 3027   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2003 Bottle. Pours a glistening supple pitch black, with a sheen of glossy opalescense. Finely rimmed with a pencil line of tan. Aroma flows of milky belgian chocolate, tangy black currant jam, and a shot of espresso. Some coarser wild chokecherry and rustic woodsmoke notes intermingle. A gentle warming from mulled wine rises from the depths, pushing aside more gentle ginger snaps and boughs of cedar. A lascivious syrup of dexterity. Oily, dense and concentrated yet showing forth such dainty and finely hued tones, building into a firey inferno of charred animal flesh amongst a scene of strength and barbaric savagry. At first, gentle dark berries, blackberry, currants and some black cherries jogging side by side with a constant flow of whipped hazlenut butter and clotted cream. Building further into rushing madness of unecumbered dry toast and barbeque. Fresh seared ahi amongst crumbled blue cheese and walnuts. Delicate, yet bold. Palate remains somewhat unrefined, show hints of a gin habit and a penchant for a warm chocolate pipe during a morning fishing session. Mellowed from the years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Bottle thanks to styles: Deep, dark brown that is near black with the tiniest of heads, colored tan brown. This smells quite rich and has some vinous qualities. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate combine with plum, cherry, wet cardboard (not as in infected), and some restrained spicy yeast or spicy hops to give a dark aroma. Full bodied with light carbonation and a slick, velvety palate. The mouth feel is just fantastic here - lightly spritzy carbonation, full, creamy, thick, and yet very drinkable. The taste is full of roasted malt, coffee, burnt chocolate, port, red wine, cherry, chalk, tar, a light spicyness, and a slight alcohol burn towards the end. Glad I asked for a few bottle of this so I can see how it lays down for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
From a 12 oz into a snifter...part of the Great Madison St. Stout Off...now we are getting into the heavy hitters. Black as night and chewy like potato soup, from a new 6 pack...this one could use some age and some of the harsher notes and alcohol will smooth out. Still a great beer with each sip bringing sweet chocolate and bitter roasted coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 update: 3/15/08 bottle from batch 6811 sent by Styles. Iíd never had a 3 year old Exped., and Chris was kind enough to send one my way. huge nose of chocolate with a flavor profile of chocolate, roasted malts and assorted ripe fruit. bumped up my score by .4. now I know to age this bad boy!

bottle. picked up at a bottle shop in Champaign. Right now Iím just really pissed. I just spilled an Avery New World Porter all over my computer desk. I drank about 2/3 of it before spilling, but it was so good and it was the only one I had :( So to cheer myself up I opened the only Expedition that I picked up at the same place. This is a big beer, a very big beer. Many stouts are a dark brown, but this on is BLACK. The aromas and flavors are of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Well balanced and tasty, the alcohol is well hidden. An excellent stout but there has been a couple of others I liked better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours so thick and full. Nice head with superior lacing. Slight smell of alcohol in it. Tastes of expresso, chocolate. Leaves a strange aftertaste for an imperial stout. Almost makes me think of grapefruit (Hops?)? Am I crazy? I couldnít taste the alcohol as much as I smelled it. I like this very very much.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 This poured black, oh so black. The dark brown head was so tempting as it grew and grew. Tight bubbles of pleasure. The aroma was almost of burnt coffee, the kind in the awful quickie mart that burnt all day. But this also has a sweet back note, and finishes with a slight bit oh pine like hops. The first taste is like the aroma, but also adds some caramel and the low carbonation helps the hops in the finish. The mouth feel is heavy. There is a thick bread like quality, and I am, loving this. I got a some small amount of this on my lips and they a stinking together and, Oh I love this. I got one from Duane, and one from Wohlfs. Thanx guys. This was liquid love, heaven on earth. re-rate. This bottle is rated on 11-1-05. And it is sooo much thicker. Great, as always. re-rate on 12-25-06 Did I fail to mention the Red head, creamy and inviting. The hops complet;y complement the strong malts, This is a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Pours opaque black, motor oil; dark brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cream; roasty. Flavor roasty coffee, alcohol evaporation and warmth in throat and stomach; mostly coffee/roast, but some chocolate and more lightly vanilla. Thick but too sticky. Too much roast/coffee for my tastes; very good though certainly a bit overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.

Pours thick onyx with a fizzy dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Heavy chocolate aroma. Taste is mostly of bittersweet chocolate with a prevelant alcohol sweetness (cherry character?) and burn. The bitterness soon takes over and moves into a finish of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The body is full and thick, which I have come to expect from Bellís stouts. The best imperial stout Iíve had thus far. However, for the purposes of casual drinking, I think Iíd be more apt to turn to the java or kalamazoo stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Complex aroma with chocolate, musty raisins, burnt molasses, and bourbon soaked plums. Some of these same smells are evident in the taste, with sweet chocolate overriding all other tastes. The high ABV is well masked, although it does rear its ugly head, albeit for a short moment, in the finish. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
12 oz. bottle (Thanks Hopscotch!) This stuff pours a deep black with a wispy brown head. Nice syurpy texture that leaves a brown coating on the glass. Nose is that of dark semi-sweet chocolate, expresso with a hint of cherry. Complex malts and hops does a great job of balancing the somewhat high ABV. Has a very plesant rich finish. Nothing left to say but I simply love this stuff. One of the best stouts Iíve ever tasted. Super brew!!

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