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RATINGS: 2925   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Rating #300. Pours black, with no head. Aroma is mildy sweet and roasted. Mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, and smooth. Chocolate and roasted coffee on the tongue. Good use of hops. Nice long lingering aftertase. "It's like butta. two sticks of butta!" My Linda Richman quote of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4730) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Bottle.2002. Thanks to BBB63 for this one. This beer poured no head, it was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was malty, some hop notes, roasted coffee, and chocolate. The flavor was that of coffee and chocolate with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth. I am not a coffee drinker so the coffee flavor in this beer was a little bit not to my liking. Overall, a good beer, but just too much coffee flavor for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Super dark with a big, tan, soapy head. Smells like chalky, dusty, alkali cocoa and some anise. After the super-double-overroasted debacle of the Double Cream Stout, I'm a bit afraid to try my hand at this one. *Tries a sip* Very nice. A dark, fruity, presence, there's gotta be some crystal malt in here somewhere, because the finish is clean without much hop-addled bitterness. A bit watery, too. Definite dusty cocoa the whole way through, as it warms, a bit of cherry comes through. Pretty good as imperial stouts go, could have used a thicker mouthfeel and some more chocolately goodness, but perfectly passable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2004
Mild roasted coffee aroma. Nice dark brown color that only lets a little bit of light through. Nice, but not too bitter, coffee flavor. Smooth with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, not as thick as I would have expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This smells awesome! Big and sweet: vanilla bean, fruitiness (currant), alchohol, and a hint of espresso. The espresso shows more in the flavor for sure - in the form of a nibbling twinge at the back of the tongue. Big chewy flavor, mostly of dark roasted chocolate and espresso - that just sticks around forever. Very good, I just think the aroma was beyond amazing and was hoping for the same in the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
Vintage 2003. Extremely viscous, opaque black with a thick malted milk head. Nose of Fry's cocoa, fresh brewed espresso, molasses and vanilla. Flavours of double short espresso and chocolate followed by a lingering, diminishing bitterness. An exquisite balance between malt and hops coupled with a silky smooth mouthfeel and abundant earthiness makes this an ideal brew for a cold winter's night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2004
The aroma is heavy on alcohol and light on coco. The slow rising dark brown head is long lasting. Dark black. Full in mouth with it’s syrupy bitter taste with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A bit too bitter for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Dark, dangerous, glistening, slippery, ambrosial, aphrodesial. Bottomless (unfortunately, this is a perception that is destined to be disproven).

Huge explosion of fresh and dried dark fruit in the aroma; cherries, plums, prunes, raisins, winey grapes... Mocha roastiness and citric hops round out the nose. Supernova of flavors, hugely complex. Mocha, fruit, somewhat alcoholic like a full-bodied brandy. Very savory flavors, like a rich demi glace. Viscous body, the slight ticklish carbonation is perfect. Sweetness is balanced by what must be a truckload of hops. Finishes long and bittersweet.

Beer Haiku:

Glistening darkness;
Fruit bursts forth from a maw of
Mocha roastiness

Wow, here’s a bottle that’s marked "purchased 12/03". 3 1/2 years later, still in great shape, only the faintest hint of oxidation in the aroma. Hops and alcohol have mellowed. Just a more refined version of the fresh. Luxurious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cartoonkhaki (1231) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
(Bottle Jan 01 2004) My new years beer... Dark dark black with a brown head that lasts. Complex overtones of fruitiness grapes and fermented pears currents and spicy alcolholic ting not much though warming. Carbonated fizzle on tougue burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Sweet and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12565) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a black color with a thin tan head, which dissipates quickly. Excellent chocolate, malt, and coffee flavor.

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