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RATINGS: 2792   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jc1762 (124) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle! Poured into a teku glass, showing pitch ink black and very little if any latte foam that fades into swirls in the glass. The nose is complex - a lot of bourbon and charred wood. Generous notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Also lighter hints of vanilla. The palate shows an oily, slick, impossibly smooth, and light body. The first impression shows a lot of the bourbon, and smoked wood with light hints of the dark chocolate. The mid palate matures into more of the bourbon and smokiness. The finish shows a noticeable but short sweetness akin to vanilla or a milk stout and a strong but not overwhelming espresso bitterness. This is a really tasty sipper. Very curious to see how this ages.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (314) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle packages on 8/22/14. Pours dark black, completely opaque. Small layer of mocha head on top. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, plum, roasty, subtle alcohol complex. Taste is chocolatey bitter upfront, but not over powering. Very subtly sweet undertone. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Smooth texture. Long silky finish. They’ve obviously got this beer dialed in after many years of producing it. This beer only improves with time.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (80) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours deep black with a thick foamy dark brown head, and a thinner light brown foam on top of that. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt in a perfect balance with neither dominating. Exceptional stout, indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chacobella (52) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2015
BIG! Hard to believe it’s a six pack imperial stout. ROUGH! Alcohol in the nose and finish. I’m putting the other five in the cellar, should be FANTASTIC in a couple years!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (975) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12oz bottle from October 2014 poured into a snifter. Pours an inky black with the look and consistency of used motor oil. Leaves a quick glimpse of a tan head that quickly fades away. Some nice splotches on the sides of the glass. Aroma really jumps with coffee, dark chocolate, and prunes. A bit of a charred character hinting at the roastyness. The flavor when cold is really bitter with a tartness that surprised me. As the beer warmed, however, this smoothed out considerably and everything just seemed to meld. Coffee, char, and dark fruit just seem to be married perfectly with just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Incredible mouthfeel that is silky smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall, an incredible RIS and very drinkable. Really hits all the high points of the style and is quite delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
This is really freaking good. Probably my favorite of the midwestern heavy weight stouts like Darklord and Bourbon County.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2363) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle by Cuso, thanks! Aroma rich malty, coffee, sherry-like, raisins. Pitch colour. Taste is once again rich dark malty, chocolate, roasted, toffee, raisins, very nicely balanced. Also quite easily drinkable considering the ABV. Alcohol hidden well. Excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MisoW (1994) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle by Cuso, many, many thanks for this one. Pours dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, medium bitter, vanilla, coffee, plums, dark chocolate, cherries, lot of dark fruits. Very nice sweet cherries in the end with warming alcohol. Great beer, great one...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshmcg000 (344) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours jet black with big tan head. Aroma is roast and chocolate. Big heavy malty body. Lots of roast and chocolate, dark fruit, little smoke. There is a pretty big bitter hoppy bite also. And some alcohol. Very big beer, yummy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3173) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2015
I tried this is a series of imperial stout and it finished right around the middle of the pack. Good competition, though, since this was a fantastic beer in its own right. Deep coffee character, some licorice and lingering bitterness.


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