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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kst (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
Dark brown, black coloured beer with no head. Roasted coffee and chocolade aroma. The taste is an attack on the taste buds. Every taste imaginable is in here. The roasted flavour dominates though. A very interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Bottle sampled at 63 degrees F. So viscous that you can see a layer stout slowly crawl back down the side of the glass after a sip. Head brown and minimal, but sustained for some time. Very little lace due to the viscous nature of the stout. The aroma is chocolate and coffee and raisin/date. The flavor is a touch bitter, but is well balanced with the roasted malt and chocolate and coffee flavors. Minor alcohol flavor that warms the throat. The palate is exceptional. I love this Imperial Stout and will buy it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Batch 6811. Pours a deep rich velvety black- super thick like motor oil and a nice deep orangey head with kickass lacing. Aroma is intense and can be smelled from the bottle 2 feet away. Rich chocolate, espresso, dark fruity esters- moslty raisins. Thcik full flavors, dark chocolate, tons of roasted barley, tons of sweet caramel, toffee, nutty, all very intense- towards the end of a single bottle my pallette is already coated and tired. Huge luscious mohytfeel which coats the mouth, tongue and teeth. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. This batch was phenomenal. Upgraded previous rating from an unknown batch number from 4.2 to 4.6. World class beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
Opaque black, burnt toast aroma, some coffee, a bit of roasted sesame seeds. Quite thick mouthfeel, a bit oily, somewhat silky. Never ending bitterness, dark berries, coffee and so much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 Expedition can be a tough one for me. Sometimes I think its amazing. Sometimes, I think its a licorice bomb. Which I dont like, at all. Lately, Ive got to say I have not been enjoying Expy. A shame in a way. But, its $18.99 a sixer, so... not so bad in a way. It seems to vary quite a bit batch to batch. Some are harsh and abrasive, and some are really good. At least thats what I remember. Maybe it was always harsh and my palate has changed. Its hard to say. I want to love it like I used to, but I just dont think I can. There are too many other imperials I enjoy greatly without having to work at it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
This beer is so dark you cant even see light through it at all. The head was a wonderful caramel color which didn't last very long. Smells sweet and chocolatey, like a great oatmeal cookie. The flavor is very intense. Also tastes strong espresso with a bit of chocolate. This does have a great bitter finish. You can taste the alcohol but the flavor is so intense without it even being there. I can't imagine drinking more than one of these at a sitting. This makes Kalamazoo Stout taste like water. My favorite of the Bell's products and I've had a lot of them. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2465) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
Deep, deep black with no head. Aroma of fruit, dark chocolate, some sweetness and alcohol. The body is very thick. Flavour is of very bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans cherries and alcohol. Finishes with a huge long bitterness. This is a huge beer and thanks to hopscotch I was able to have this as my 400th rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10602) - Sborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2003
Bottled: Totally black coloured. Frothy lasting chocolatehead. Great sight. Malt molasses, full chocolate and mellow roastyness in the nose. Truely a beautiful aroma. Loads of liquorice, roastyness and a heavy bitterness in the flavour. The bitterness get a little to much in the end. To me flavours aren't 100% balanced. The liquorice lingers for quite a long time on the palate, which is pleasant. A great brew, thats maybe a bit too much for me. Many thanks to Raindog for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Creamy thick head. Dark brown. Aroma was big and rich, mixed malts, hops and subtle overtones of alcohol. Malt and then quality of Kalamazoo show up. The perfected roasted grain superbly blended gives some coffee theme .Very nice, big rich beer. Re rate Mar 2005 still 16/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldGrowth (2864) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Bottle:Poured flat no head, . Coffee,carmel, molasses nose. Great reddish black color. No light get through. Molasses, dark roast coffee, maybe a hint of cherry(michigan). Burnt creamy smooth finish. Coats your tounge. Wow, what a stout. Imperial indeed. Man that satisfies. Thanks PsychProf

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