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RATINGS: 2802   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Wow. I found a beer that may rival Double Cream Stout (what a coincidence, it’s from the same brewery!). This one is powerful. Expedition Stout is genetically modified and fed the appropriate mix of steroids and hormones to create a rich, robust, sweet flavor in a gravy-like pour. When Ben Franklin made his famous comment about God showing his love to humans by providing them beer, it is this beer he had in mind (thus, he was also an oracle). A must-buy, even at the steep price. Of course, you don’t want to drink more than one or two of these at a time! This must be the stout syrup that other stout-makers use to dilute their respective products. Unbelievable! Warning: this one has little to no head whatsoever. It is so thick that what little carbonation is present surely is prevented from escaping!

1994 Vintage sampled at Bells 20th Anniversary Party.
Imagine my delight when a nice list of vintage beers was placed on the bartop at Bells during their Anniversary Party. Unfortunately, none of these 750 mL bottles were allowed off premises! So, I ordered up the 1994 vintage of my top-rated beer and filled up. The years have been kind to this beer. The classic opaque dark brown/black body, light tan head, lacing, ahh...it all looked so familiar. The aroma was rich and dominated by molasses and prune. Layers and layers of molasses, toast, prune, coffee, raisin, licorice, and roasted malts coated my palate. Rich and full-bodied, and only showing slight hints of oxidation after 11 years.

Rating for 1994 vintage: ARO: 8 APP: 5 FLAV: 9 PAL: 5 OV: 17 (4.4 overall).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
the bottle is nearly mute as the cap bends back: a diminutive "ssst" is all that's heard from the carbonation, like a quick stroke of feather on silk. a geriatric gerbil farts with more forceful aeration. that's disconcerting, and a few golden bubbles were all that announced the brisk pour. they shimmered with the wet-ingot eyes of leopard frogs on a mangrove swamp before they vanished below the morass. the pour was an open spiggot of sweet texas crude, it oozed like an eel into the glass. i needn't have worried about it's vivacity because this beast is very much alive: as luxurious and supple as a mink. and now this multifarious munificence is about to whisk you away on a sensory expedition: the bouquet bulges with missouri blackberries and roasted cajun cane sugars, chihuahua kahlua and oily italian coffee beans. the unctuous palette flattens the tongue with an amazon of flavor. you'll speak like a neaderthal on novacaine as the orchards of dripping fruits in noble rot roll over the senses. ample alcohol numbs negativity and gives wing to articulated and ellucidated ratiocinations. corpulent bitters and spiked molasses tinctures playfully jostle each other across the finish--and carrying on still: right on down the block toward home, echoing away down the wet cobblestone lanes like blissful drunken friends caroling arm in arm into the foggy darkness. mmmmm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
The pure, thick blood of a beer beast. The aroma alone is intoxicating. It pours like molassas and lays heavy on the tongue. The flavor is intense and multi-dimensional. I couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. This is a beer to be celebrated in moderation. Definately a prime contender of heavy-weight stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Bottled. Wow. The nose is amazing, and it is dark. It will knock you off your feet if you aren't ready for it. I could only handle one. The flavor is amazingly diverse, with lots of chocolate, a little nutty, and some roast. Mmmm. The finish though, tastes and feels like a shot of Jack Daniels. But a great smelling, great tasting, high impact beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigbish (582) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
First impression: Oh my god, I think they put dirty motor oil in my bottle! This is dark! The aroma is mouth watering, you can just smell the coffee and malt flavors. The flavor is big and bold, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, what a beer! The only thing that could make this beer better is a lower price. A top notch beer from Bell's!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Wow! This is quite an experience! Beautifully dark and crazy thick consistency. Even though it has that typical coffee chocolate flavor and aroma to it - this beer is anything but typical! Somehow they have managed to take that coffee chocolate taste and put it on steroids or something! It is the difference between drinking a cup of Folgers and drinking a cup of Starbucks. By far, the ultimate in the Bells experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8983) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Beers like this remind me why Imperial Stouts are currently my favorite kind of beer. Probably the blackest beer I have poured, dark as orc blood! Minimal head really didn't surprise me because this beer did not seem like the kind to screw around with such things. It wants you to get right to the Evil. Aroma is a dark and foreboding roasty smell with some black coffee and dark chocolate. The aroma really did not prepare me for how strong this beer is. Somehow the smell does not warn you of the sinister alcohol content that waits to pounce on you the second you take your first sip. Flavors of alcohol, coffee, roasted malt and burnt wood. A truly baleful beer, this is definitely the Lord of Imperial Stouts, and will make a lesser beer cry like 7 year-old girl with a skinned knee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured as black as oil and almost the same texture. The head was huge, bubbly and a very dark brown color, leaving some nice lace. The aroma was amazing and had many things going on. I detected chocolate, coffee, anise and other smells. The flavor was of chocolate and burnt coffee. The finish included some of the burnt aspect. This is an amazing stout and another fine addition to the Bell's line. I am just sorry that living in Ohio(next door)it took me and the state this long to get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Opaque black liquid w/ no head. Alcohol legs stay at the top of the glass when swirled in the snifter. Nice complexity of coffee, chocolate, raisin and currant aroma along with a little hop, nuttiness, and alcohol. Flavor starts out sweet and dark fruit then moves to caramelly and chocolatey, then finishes with a slight hop flavor and a strong coffee roastiness. Alcohol is warming and not hot for 10%ABV, the carbonation is very light(as it should be), and is very full bodied. I like this beer now, I can't wait to store some for a few years to come and try it again. One of my favorite Imperials.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Bitter...dark... Slightly sweet but very thick and overly stouty to my tastes. Almost seemed like this stout was so black is took away from the flavor.

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