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RATINGS: 3027   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Bottle. Smoked aroma with lots of chocolate notes and not much in the way of coffee. Pleasant and very sweet aroma. Opaque black pour with orange/tan head that trickles away ever so slowly. Milky, sweet, chocolate, ethanol twinge, more sweetness to finish. Lots of chocolate in this guy and not much coffee. This is an absolutely gorgeous Imperial Stout and thankfully it is not overhyped. This outperforms Storm King and Sam Smithís and all other beers Iíve had with the exception of St. Bernadus abt 12. Many props to jsquire for this one!!(8/5/10/5/19)--&# ounce bottle (batch 8864 - 12/04/08 - nearly 2.5 years old) purchased at American Spirits for $3. Sweet chocolate, sherry, light cardboard aroma with tons of chocolate and mild-moderate roastiness. Very quaffable. Mildly transparent virutally black body with a very minute brown head. Nice legging. Starts with a little bit of chocolate roastiness and scant astringency. Balanced with nice sweetness in the middle and fair roastiness later on. Ethanol is hidden beautifully. Slightly thin, but outstanding nonetheless. My initial score has gone down just a little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Very Dark. Thick on the Tongue. Pours Syrupy. Lives up to itís 11.5% alcohol rating. A beer to respect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1580) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Thanks to Capt. Cougar for this one. Big flavor, thick mouthfeel, and really well balanced. I didnít realize this was an imperial at the time, and I canít believe the 11.5%!! That is a tribute to how well made this is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 5, 2004
The word "huge" doesnít do justice to this beer. Itís jet back with minimal carbonation. Powerful aromas of hops, licorice, rasins, alcohol, roasted malt, and terriaki sauce. It has a remarkable flavor evolution too, moving from hops, to dark fruit, to alcohol, and finally to the dark-roasted coffee, nut, and dark chocolate. Itís also insanely heavy in the mouth. I could see this beer maturing into a work of art in a few years, but the sample I had was just a bit too much for me at this point.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Tastes like Victory Storm King but with more kick. Pours like syrup. Great even buzz with no trips to the dark side.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
Pours an inky black with no head or carbonation. Itís so thick that that, combined with its deep, black appearance makes it looks just like used motor oil (as many have pointed out). The aroma is of roasted malts, alcohol, and cocoa. The smell is so powerful and rich. This feels heavy and thick in the mouth, like syrup. The flavor explodes with coffee, roasted malts, plums, brown sugar; this is very complex. This is my favorite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark motor oil. Thin tan head that just sits on the oil slick below it. Roasted malt and slight ripe fruit in the background. Finish is a bit warming from the alcohol. My favorite in the bells to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Pours a jet black color with a small dark tan head. Motor oil thickness out of the bottle...this one looks like I might need a knife and fork. Lacing is minimial. Aroma is burnt chocolate and alcohol. Not much else going on here. Flavor is chocolate, toffee, roasted coffe beans and alcohol. Nice bitter finish. Body is very full and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
I beleive this may be my new favorite. Pours pitch black with a cocoa colored head, cannot see carbonation. Smells like coffee, sweet malts, and sharp hops. Flavor is at first very smooth and coffee like, becoming very bitter, then dry and tangy at the end, grassy hops, and slow bitter finish. Very nice and complex changes in flavor! Enormously enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours an opaque motor oily black with a medium brown head. Beautiful aroma of earth, roast, chocolate and ample hops. Flavor has notes of dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt and ample hop content to balance out the intense malt bill in this recipe. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with a bitter, somewhat burnt, slightly vinuous aftertaste. Alcohol content is present but not overpowering. Delicious, one of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had. Nice lacing on the glass. Highly recommended.

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