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RATINGS: 2817   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2009
One of those beers I’ve just never rated for some reason....I guess it’s about time. Full of chocolatey roasted malts. Some coffee...a little soy...the usual flavor suspects. This bottle was a couple of years old I believe, but the bitterness is still fairly assertive. Smooth as can be for a 10.5% stout. This is just a beautifully made beer that’s full of flavor. We enjoyed some orange slices and split some dark chocolate along with our bottle, which made for a fine dessert. If you’re looking for a perfect dessert stout that is full of flavor, yet well-rounded, this is it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4788) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2015
Draught at Ginger Man cons 2015-05-16 New York AR: bourbon vanilla, roasted malt, coffey and chocolate AP: black, stouty dark colored head F: dark bitter chocolate, black coffey, spicey tropical fruitinees from rum barrels, dry, rich and complex brew, very warming feeling (alcoholic and spices) - great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2572) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Packaging date of 08/22/14. This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a less than a finger’s worth of foamy tan head that dissipated within less than about 30 seconds. The smell had a big roasty to semi-smooth bitter coffee bean leading into a delicate cocoa and light vanilla to round it all out. The taste was pretty smoothed due to the date, I’m guessing, still a nice roasty smooth coffee and cocoa delicately weaves together to lead to a decent sly roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation definitely smoothed a bit with a nice drying edge leading into a rounded out stickiness over my tongue. Overall, I can only imagine what this is like when its fresh. It aged beautifully and I hope to have again some day hopefully fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (2879) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Marco. Jet black with a coffee head. Aroma is dark fruity malt. Flavour is bitter chocolate, spicy, dark fruits, creamy peat finish. Coffee cream finish, with a bit of stinging booze at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alpha10 (415) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
2015/05/05 - Pours a dark brown cola colour with a thick, creamy, khaki head that lingers and laces nicely. Aroma is burnt sugar, carame,l dark berries chocolate, coffee and a little vanilla. Taste is sweet burnt sugar, chocolate, dark berry notes and coffee. Moderately sweet and some solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with smooth carbonation. A long drying, bitter finish with some nice alcohol warmth. A little more boozy than I typically like, but still a pretty amazing stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
G_Ram9 (23) - - APR 25, 2015
What can I say about Expedition Stout besides mmmmmmmm.....? This beer is absolutely delicious. The flavors are so complex and intense and they continue to build as you sip through the glass and let the beer warm and breathe. More than half of the bottles in my beer fridge are Expedition Stout that I cleaned off the Total Wine shelves as soon as I found it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
Massive thick coffee and caramelization, both in aroma and flavor. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth was a nice addition to flavors as well. Finishes with dark fruity dry flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2015
Glorious aroma of berries, juicy, red, forst berries, in wonderful bitter chocolate. Oily looking, slick and resinous in the mouth, not much of a respectable brown head, flavours of dark chocolates, vanilla, berries, very bitter, even herbal, not as much as many other US imperial stouts, but enough to slightly spoil it - I don’t like herbal bitterness in stouts. Great beer, I must admit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2989) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 One of the most classic and critically acclaimed American imperial stouts. Very dark mahogany brown colour, almost black but still transparent on the edges in the end and in that sense a bit less dark than many other imperial stouts, under a dense and creamy, cappuccino-like, tan head with good lacing and good retention; the beer itself also leaves thick, oily, yellow ’legs’, as expected. Powerful bouquet rising up from the bottle upon opening... I put my nose above the snifter and I find myself in beer heaven once again: the purest fondant chocolate, ristretto, candied dates, raisins, brown bread, some baked banana, charcoal, fine cognac with a fine cigar, something pleasantly and refinedly sourish not unlike balsamic vinegar but very subtle, bayleaf, subtle vanilla notes, mocha ice cream, fine hints of peat, fermenting soy sauce, pine wood, even something flowery and a very refined and subtle sweetness reminiscent of tawny port. Pointy, ’aristocratic’ taste, with a noble, restrained candied sweetness in the onset, very light sourish, salty and umami accents all working perfectly well together, oily and supple mouthfeel, not too sticky as is often the case in this style, soft carbonation exactly as it should be, with prickly little ’stings’ to the tongue, providing perfect balance with a powerful, profound yet still relatively ’light’ and elegant maltiness, deeply nutty and bitterly chocolatey, a bitterness which becomes even more powerful when the roasted barley appears in full strength, leading to a very pungent, creamy, mouth-lining, deep bitterness embellished with some floral and resinous hops and gently, but deeply warming, bourbon-like alcohol. The fine, powerful but still delicate, almost woody and nutty espresso bitterness remains in the back of the mouth for hours... In my quest to find the best stout (or beer, for that matter) in the world, this gets eerily close: the word ’balanced’ may be used all too often, but here it clearly is no cliché. You can feel that this brew is made with the greatest care; there is not one flaw in it, every part fits in perfectly... Gracious sweetness pops up, makes room for a deep bitter tone, and so the play goes on. This is one of those authentic, I’d almost say ’historically evocative’ executions of the style, it makes me feel I’m at the court of the czars, like the aged Courage Russian Imperial Stout did when I first tasted it. This stout is so cleverly made, it does not need any further additions, no barrel ageing, no weird ingredients like chilli peppers or whatever; not cloying, no burning alcohol in the finish, good head formation - and retention, noble, elegant, restrained, this achieves near perfection to my taste. Yet, I still have to taste that Black Note version, waiting in the cellar, so I’ll refrain from giving it a perfect score - for now. Wow... I’m sure anything else I’ll have on my tasting table tonight will only be trivial compared to this. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aenima (294) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2015
Heavy aroma of dark chocolate and roast. The taste is like the aroma heavy with a lot of taste os chocolate, roast and coffee without being sour. Perfect balance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nero55 (854) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light burnt sugar, and a hint of coffee. Heavy body, roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, some alcohol warmth, moderate sweetness, and a bitter finish.

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