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RATINGS: 2825   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 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 (1094) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Re-rate of 2001
Still jet black like oil and still no carbonation or lacing.
Big malt, coffee, chocolate aromas. Sweet with a slight nose of alcohol. Some plum/port-like aromas develop as the beer warms.
Malt/hop has balanced more towards the hops. Hints of roasted malt and high alpha acid hops in the lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is apparent still. Mellowing. Still needs a few years.
Huge full body that has smoothed out over the past year. Much more drinkable now.
8/10, 3/5, 8/10, 3/5, 17/20 = 3.9
Original (2001)
Poured jet black with no head. Hmm, does this need to be aged?
Very chocolate aroma that is accenuated by the hops.
Thick and a bit overwhelming. You can tell this was young just like the Old Ale. Pronounced chocolate and maltiness. Hops came through as sweetness.
Nearly flat, too flat. Made the beer seem heavier than it would be once it's aged.
6/10, 3/5, 6/10, 3/5, 15/20 = 3.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 This is the darkest liquid I have ever seen. The aroma is overpowering with chocolate, cream and coffee taste, but most noticably the chocoalte. It has barely any head, which was expected. It has a very smooth begenning flavor, and then the hop flavor arives, and my mouth cringed from it. Very nice sweet feel and beautiful complexity. 9-16-2005 Rerate. This really carries some strong blueberry character with it. Mostly apparent in the flavor. This time I gave it abit rough of a pour to get some head on it. It turned out to be the creamiest smoothest beer I’ve had. This thing is wonderful. What are they doing up there in Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 1/17/03: bottle. very flat looking with absolutely no head. beautiful, opaque black color. full chocolate and coffee nose. lots of chocolate, coffee and malt flavors with a flat non- carbonated taste. would like to try again after cellaring for about a year to check the carbonation levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Malt chocolate aroma, black as night, Very little head, and I mean very little. I cannoy smell the hops (probably to cold) but I sure can taste them. I absolutely love a big hoopy big dark bear, i.e. Storm King, Old Horzontal, and this is right there with them. The hops presence is there on the swallow and there for the aftertaste and the 10% abv. just balances it great. A world class beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
WOW! I had high expectations for this beer, and I was not let down. Very little if not no head. Flavours that jump out at me are chocolate, coffee, cream and a general sweetness. Personally, I enjoy a sweeter stout as opposed to one thats more coffee oriented (like the java stout), so this was really right up my ally. Pretty thick palate, but after all it is an imperial. A meal in a bottle, what more can I say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Very thick and black with a big brown head. Roasted chocolate and toffee aroma. Roasted and dark chocolate flavor. Smokey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 Pitch black, pour with little or no head, little carbonation. This has a very complex flavor, its very rich. Has a lot of chocolate, many a plum type sweetness. This is an exceptional IMP.

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