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RATINGS: 2854   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very thick oil-like appearance. Not a hint carbonation, as the pour alone will reveal it's Ny-Quill appearance. The aroma is potently whiskey-ish and sharp, paralelling the 11+ abv. that is embedded in the body. This is a nightcap-only brew for me. Bell's does it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Finally I track this one down. Hoo-eey! Knocks you on your keister, this one! Thick, syrupy, and very light on carbonation. Coffee notes, but pleasantly, not overkill. Fruity flavors early in the mix. I like the syrupy mouthfeel, too. Kind of medicinal, in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 First let me say that I typically dont like stouts. But I must say that I enjoyed this even though I may not entirely understand all of the complexities. Fruity and sweet in the nose but that stouty coffie and chocolatey presence is still there. Bitter and malty (roasted) in the taste. The alcholol content is definately there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Fruity apricot peach aroma with some cocoa and coffee.Expresso appearance with nice brown head.Bitter hoppy dry sour coffee taste with mild fruity flavors with warming alcohol and a thick mouthfeel.Caramel and chocolate flavors emerge as it softens.Dry warming bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Pour very black with a thin tan head. Dopplebock like aroma of sweet dough and slight soy sauce. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, a slight soy sauce, and hops in the background. The coffee and the chocolate balanced on a perfect present but not overbaring level, this is possible my favorite part of the beer. As the beer warms the alcohol does become quite apparent and it becames a slow sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
very nice imperial stout. Not too much chocolate or cofee. Along the line of Storm King. Fine sippin' beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
This black stout with a dark brown head. Aroma of steak sauce and raisins. Deep roasted taste of chicory, mocha, and molasses. A little bitter but with a pleasant finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours black as can be, opaque even. Nice dark tannish head, looks to be leaving a nice lace behind. Oh yeah, the nose on this one is a good. Mocha, chocolate, raisins, and more just continue to please the olfactory senses. Different malt flavors flood the mouth. Roast, chocolate, more mocha. This is really great. Almost reminds me of chocolate milk in a way with the very creamy palate, that leads to a slightly bitter, but very welcome, finish. Nicely balanced. Thanks to EddieG for bringing this one to me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 (rerate- score updated, but comments still need more flavor deScription) Pours very dark and thick. Can’t see through this at all. Head is big, tan, and a little rocky. Aroma is of burnt chocolate chip coookies and fruity hints, very enticing. Texture and taste is very rich and heavy... Almost like bitter sweet syrup. Very big, powerful, good, thick, etc. But it almost seems like when you add that up, you get something that needs more balance. Update 11/22/2005; 2002 vintage thanks to Dave. Very syrupy aroma; fruit, chocolate, licorice, fig. Seems like the roastiness and bitterness may have left? Very good... great beer. MMm...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2003
rich smell and deep dark appearence made it very appealing but having tasted it i was disappointed the flavor was a bit all over the place to much competition between bitter and sweet

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