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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2003
This brought back memories of the Dogfish Head Stout 23%, as far as flavor. Nice rich and dark with a slight coffe after taste. Nice dry and bitter, actually a little more bitter than most Imperial stouts that I have had. But very good I will drink this stuff again. Thanks to Dogbrick for sending this to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Faint aroma of milk chocolate and coffee. Pours a thick dark brown, almost black. No head to speak of (which seems inconsistent with many other reviews). Slightly sweet at first, chocolate, coffee, malt, some slight hints of dark fruit, and some alcohol. Bitter roasted malt finish. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, very low carbonation. A very full, flavorful stout. Great beer for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Aroma of coffee and port, present alcohol. Appearance is absolute opaque black, nice brown head with determined lacing. Flavor was coffee, chocolate, malt, and a tad too much grape/port wine flavor. Not a session beer, complex, but satiating, one's enough for me. Good stout, but not the beer I'm looking for to drink for the rest of my life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Bottle@Home, Oct 10, 3.9: Nice aroma, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Flavour is a bit disappointing. Starts sugary, very chocolate but this changes to coffee and a bit of ash. Pretty bitter and a bit alcoholic. Bottle@Home, March 03, 4.5: Coffee and vanilla aroma. Black black black color, dark brown almost creamy head, perfect lace. Strong flavors, coffee, chocolat, hops, thick, roasted. Long lasting dry coffee finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Near perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Opened up and lit up my nose from across the room. Pours like motor oil with a super deep onyx body and a dense leathery head. Roasted nose with ALCOHOL and some hints of sawdust. Smokey and chocolatey (mostly dark). Rich and superbly complex. Coffeish tones as well. Malty and rich, just plain beautiful. Massive roastey taste followed by a similar procession of phenomenal complexity. That and ALCOHOL. Real big and full mouthfeel, remarkable balance. Must be at least 11.5% by now, but man, it's covered with unreal complexity. zachdiesel says: "I think I just got a buzz off that, good god that's incredible!" After 5 minutes I was still tasting it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 WOW! Talk about putting a little hair on the chest. The name says it all...don’t try this one unless you’ve prepared your tastebuds for an expedition, and a dangerous one, of their own. This one starts out black as a starless night with very little or no head at all. Man this shit is dark! The aroma is very nice also, with strong coffee and alcohol notes, but not quite up to the unbelievable black death standards of the appearance. The flavor is, in a word, HUGE!!! You know how some beers you can’t really taste all that much until you’ve swallowed? Well, that certainly isn’t the case with this one. The smallest TIP of your tongue touches this fabulous elixir and seems to absorb its complete, decadent blackness like a dried up sponge. It’s deep, dark, maybe a little frightening, but so damned good that you just have to stare into its wicked black heart and love it for what it is! While, at this point, I have yet to taste the elusive Dark Lord Imperial, I can say that I honestly believe that this exemplary and powerful beer from Bells is one of the preeminent and dominant Imperial Stouts in the world today.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 I have just climbed back out of a seductive encounter with a black hole. As I looked into the glass I could not take my eyes away from this mesmerizing blackness as the brim of the glass kept expanding as the blackness swallowed me in. As you cross over the oily liquid caresses you so there is not a ripple on the surface to show you have been absorbed with a weightless feeling. As you come back from your bliss you realize that 2 hours are missing and your glass empty with the residue calling you back. This is a dangerous beer it should be prescribed by a doctor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Only negative here is a personal preference for a little head. This is beer heaven Dark &syrupy. Maltry nose with fruit overtones. Sligtly viscous on the downstroke with an orchestra of flavors dominated at first by chocolate and licorice followed by fruit and a long malt somewhat bitter aftertaste. Totally hides the 10% alcohol. Guinness, eat your heart out, this is what a stout should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20678) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!!
Very black with no head. Vinous nose with fruit and chocolate. A wall of malt hits me at first sip, then licorice, tar, salt and sensory overload... The finish is full of plums, raisin and hop bitterness. Yikes, this is bitter.

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