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RATINGS: 2813   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBob (1) - USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
Talk about your sipping beer, this one is not for drinking a lot of. The beer looks like the motor oil from the Rolling Stoneís stadium tour bus (after the tour). The taste is rather interesting which Iím thinking is a coffee, chocolate, burnt malt combination with some other minor tweaks. You can definatly taste the 10% alcohol in it as well. This is a must have for any stout lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
The stout that drinks like a motor oil. I poured one of these in front of some less experienced beer drinkers and they were utterly apalled. Burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, subtle caramel, and esters combine to form an extremely complex beer. Drinks like ball bearings. Iím curious to see how this brew ages. The fresh one that I had was excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Very dark with absolutely no head. Pretty hoppy aroma for an imperial, but still mostly malt. Burnt, chocolate, slight coffee, licorice. Starts bitter and finishes sweetly astringent with a syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty good, I wish I could have savored it longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Very very dark in color. Caramel aroma and low carbonation. When warmer a strong roasty flavor comes through. Very thick. I want to try this again as mine tasted very flat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Sipped for the first time at the moment it tripped over to 2003. Happy Frickiní New Year and all. Dark, with a minimal coffee-colored head. Smells like a flavored hot chocolate of some sort, fruity, has some spice of some sort, maybe vanilla or allspice? Flavor is mega-chocolate laced with several pounds of hops. Very hoppy stout. Big malts, also, roasted all to snot. Strong, a bit vinous, but richly creamy and very enjoyable. Had been waiting a long time for this one, worth the wait. A fitting close to the most eventful year of my life. 2003, be good, or Iíll kick your ass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
A truly "over the top" version of the many great Bellís Stouts. And despite my huge ratings for Bellís products, this one is a little too strong. The high alcohol and syruppy beer is a little rugged to handle. A beautiful product, but for Bellís to make an Imperial Stout stand out, they really had to drill it with ingredients/alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2600) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Rich aroma with burnt caramel, dark plummy fruit, mocha chocolate and a tinge of vanilla. Pours opaque brown-black with smallish fizzy brown head. Rich fully flavor, chewy and lightly tingly - I think the tingling comes from a slight astringency rather than carbonation. Strong mocha and espresso flavor with a roasted finish. Fruity plummy overtones throughout. Heady and fulfilling, very nicely balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Sucked the light out of the room while I poured it. Has a lot of different tones to it which combines to yield a very good, complex stout. Slightly smokey, roasted, sweet, maybe a touch of chocolate, but none of them dominate any other. Leaves a finish on the back of your tongue that sticks around for a while (and youíre glad it did).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Re-rate 12-26-02 Dark black color, pours like motor oil, sweet fruity aroma of raisons, plums and chocolate, huge foamy rocky, clingy brown head that sticks to my glass when poured hard, huge roasty malty and fruity flavors, has a thick, full mouthfeel, leaves deep roasty sweet flavors on my tongue, this is one hell of a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 So thick, syrupy, oil-like consistency, and sticky. Lots of flavors, but not bursting with any one dimension. Not so much chocolate to me as much as roasted tones, coffee, and alcohol. My 500th beer rated: I would like to begin by thanking all of my friends and family who have supported me over the past ten months.... // I just shared a bottle with Jazz88 in order to celebrate his impending marriage. It was a bottle that he gave to me in the Spring of 2002, so (drinking it in April 2007) it was at least 5 years old. It was tremendous. It didnít taste oxidized or "aged" much at all, just mellow, so smooth, so rich. This truly is one of the best nectars ever made.

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