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RATINGS: 2994   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely. S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, thereís a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is. T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - itís aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it. M: Thick as a brick. I canít think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile. O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, Iím of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1093) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 30, 2016
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, figs, raisins and cocoa. Taste of chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins and a decent amount of floral hops. Medium to full body, creamy texture. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarmok (1074) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2016
Black liquid with beige head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, rye. Taste of chocolate, rye, vanilla. Full body, astringent, average carb, long fin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tselloufc88 (319) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee aromas. Taste is dark chocolate, liquorice, smokey, smooth long lasting finish. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (1560) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2016
How: bottle Appearance: very dark brown with a red shimmer, small creamy brown head. Aroma: blackberries, wood, burnt caramel, red wine, liquorice, anis, some herbal tones. palate: full body, soft carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (944) - SPAIN - JUN 22, 2016
From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Warching Silicon Valley 2x03-05. Great asphalt rafts to celebrate my 1000 different beers. Amazing aroma and great taste. Great example of the style. Take care of its ABV

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6563) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2016
355ml Bottle - Black in colour. Plain chocolate, treacle and liquorice in the aroma. Rich and roasted taste with notes of plain chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and liquorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color, oily texture. Rich aroma: caramel, toffee, liquoir, coffee. Taste: warming alcohol, sweet, also bitter, roasted, toffee. Full body. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2016
Fair sized sampel from 355 ml. bottle at Gollem. Bottle says 11/06/2015 meaning bottled 6th of November 2015 I assume? Black, solid mocha. Nose is mellow umami, herbal with roast, soy sauce,Ö taste is mellow herbal umami, some soy sauce, low molasses, roast, touch of blueberry, very long aftertaste which is nice but finish is largely thinner umami, herbal, roast, almost vegetable, some earth in the finish. Thinner than expected syrup & molasses body. Kind of expected a bit more from a beer this big in production & massive in appreciation. Price & distribution probably play a bit roast but this huge umami, burned mushroom & vegetable profile didnít do it for me. I prefer my RIS with more desert-like coffee & chocolate sweetness. This one was a bit lost on me, I actually started liking it less as it warmed up. I heard that this beer needs a lot of time but I just donít see this flavours evolving closer to what I like.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (1647) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle. Black body with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with caramel and coffee there are also dried red fruits. Taste is coffee roasted malts cocoa some vanilla and alcohol. Aftertaste is roasted malts bitterness with some vanilla sweetness. Nice one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3076) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2016
12 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 17-06-2016.
Bottled: 11-06-2015.
In short: really nice IStout.
Pours black with nice tan head.Moderate head retention, some lacing. Roasty, dark licorice, creamy, some coffee nose. Full body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is roasty, moderate bitter, coffee, some creamy notes, sweet and warm aftertaste. Really good.


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